POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- W.W. Smith School opened its doors to both children and parents on the first day of classes Friday.
It was all part of a national initiative called the Million Family, Million Father March. The movement encourages fathers and other male role models to support students by becoming more involved in their school activities.
According to statistics, students with involved male figures scored higher on tests, have better graduation rates, and are less likely to use drugs.
This year, Poughkeepsie expanded its march to all members of the family.
"Hopefully they realize that our buildings are here. That they are open. We're welcoming them. We want them to come in and be a part of their child's education and be engaged in our process and its the first step towards two way communication," said Stan Merritt, Poughkeespie City School District Personnel Administrator.
Students were also given backpacks with a book and a reading log inside in hopes each student will read twenty five books by the end of the school year.