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Male volunteers came out for Dads Take Your Child to School Day at Riley Elementary

Posted at 6:31 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 18:31:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Wednesday was Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

John G. Riley Elementary invited not just dads, but all male role models to greet their students before class started on Wednesday.

High fives, handshakes and even a couple of hugs. Over 50 male role models made sure that students at John G. Riley Elementary were greeted with a warm welcome.

"My dad wasn't in my life. Different men growing up were able to fill in the gap and be somebody that I could look up to and ask questions. Be an example for me," said James Marshall, a volunteer.

Research shows that kids who have a positive male influence in their life get better grades and they're less likely to get in trouble at school.

"I hope that by seeing the police officers, by seeing the folks from the post office," said April Knight, principal of Riley Elementary. "Our community believes in them and supports them. These are options. They do have options in terms of career choices. That they want to make in life."

Riley Elementary is currently looking for male and female mentors. If you're interested please contact the school at 850-488-5840.