million father march

What can only be described as “a million fathers” are joining this year’s Million Father March for the first day of school.

Organized by The Black Star Project, the Million Father March aims to have all men (not just fathers) get involved in their family’s schooling. Male caretakers of all ages walked their kids to school, sat with them in class, and participated in other activities. The activities continue as more of the country’s kids are going back to school.

We’ve mentioned the Million Father March in the past couple of years, but if you Google hard enough (and dear readers, we know you do), you’ll see mentions reaching back to 2005. In 2011, the Million Father March actually did bring out over a million fathers for the event.

A 2009 study found that the more fathers read to their infant children, the better those kids scored on a language test at age two. And with PTAs starting to see more dads crunching bake sale numbers, it’s good to see fathers in schools.

Here are some of the stories from across the country about this year’s Million Father March:

In addition, you can check here to see if your city was one of the 608 registered for this year’s Million Father March. And if school’s not in session yet, see how you can get involved!