ALBANY - Dads and other father figures are encouraged to take their kids to school today as part of a nationwide initiative. Tuesday is "Dads Take Your Child to School." It's part of an effort to increase male involvement in children's lives.
In the Albany School Districts, 6 schools have participated. State officials said Troy and Schenectady along with 25 other counties across New York have also taken part.
At North Albany Academy, dozens of parents turned out.
"Dads are the providers and especially when the majority of our teachers are females to have that male presence is really important," Lesley Buff, the Interim Principal of North Albany Academy said.
The program is being run through the State's Office of Children and Family Services and the State's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Studies have showed when fathers become active, kids are more likely to earn better grades and less likely to commit a crime.
Fathers said they know the importance.
"It's important that we have somebody to send her off and say you know what a good day and listen," Cory Taliaferro, a North Albany Academy Parent said.