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Million Father March

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Million Father March Press Release


One Million Fathers Asked to Lead

the Nation Back to School this Fall


600 Cities to Participate in the Largest, Organized

Back-to-School Effort in the United States


Media contact:  Sabrina Aranda

                          Cell (510) 999-4032   E-mail:  saranda@husd.us


WHAT: Million Father March provides an escort of safety, support, and encouragement to students of all ages on their first day of school

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

WHERE: Longwood Elementary School, 850 Longwood Ave, Hayward, CA 94541


HAYWARD, CALIF. –The Hayward Unified School District will participate in the annual Million Father March 2016 an event organized by the Black Star Project on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities across America.  The Million Father March has become a special day that fathers and men use to make a commitment to their children, their families, their communities and their country with their dynamic presence at a school.  This is the real Father’s Day! The Hayward Unified School District encourages fathers and men to participate in the Million Father March 2016 and take their children or a child to school on the first day- August 25.


The Million Father March 2016 will play out at thousands of schools across American. An estimate 1 million men, women and children participated nationwide in 525 cities in 2014. This year, an estimate 1,000,000 men from 600 cities are expected to participate. The Million Father March provides an escort of safety, support, and encouragement to children of all ages on their first day of school.


Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.  Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives.  A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to creating a strong family structure.  Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed, and self-assured.  Such children become adults who are valuable assets to their communities.  “Not only are our students excited, but fathers and males figures in their lives are excited as well. We issue this strong call to action for them to participate – on the first day and every day- in the educational lives of their students,” says trustee William McGee for the Hayward Unified School District.


Participants in the event include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers, mentors and family friends.   Although this event is created by Black men, people of any gender and ethnic identification are also encouraged to take their children to school on the first school day.  Businesses are asked to give fathers and men two hours off that morning, with pay, to take their children to school.  Participating men will also be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year.  A special effort will be made to coordinate Latino Fathers in La Marcha De Un Millón De Padres.


The 2016 Million Father March is sponsored in part by The Black Star Project and the Hayward Unified School District. Please email disrael@husd.k12.ca.us call 510-723-3857 ext. 34182 for more information about The March.  


Hayward Unified School District will support this event at all school sites, with a special event scheduled at Longwood Elementary School on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM.







What is Million Father March


The Million Father March is an opportunity for Black men to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children on the first day of school and throughout the school year. Since the March began in 2004, fathers and other significant male caregivers across the country and around the world have been asked to take their children to their first day of school. The Million Father March is the beginning of a year-long commitment of men to their children’s educational success.

A final report of the 2015 Million Father March: Million Father March 2015: At a Glance

More Information Contact


Debra Israel
Coordinator, Parent Engagement
Student and Parent Support Programs
510.723.3857 x34187

HOST SITE: Longwood Elementary School 

Million Father March 2015