Some Durham dads return to school for 'Million Father March'

Posted August 25, 2014

— More than 33,000 Durham Public Schools students returned to class Monday morning, and at Hillside High School, so did some of their dads.

Principal William Morgan estimated that more than 100 fathers and men serving as father figures renewed their commitment from last year to be more involved in their children's schooling.

It's part of a nationwide initiative called the Million Father March, in which men pledge to spend at least 10 hours of time volunteering or mentoring at the school.

With the program only in its second year at Hillside, Logan says it's difficult right now to quantify its success. Since becoming principal three years ago, however, he has seen improvements in test scores overall.

Being a single father himself, he wants to make sure there is always a positive male presence for his students.

Shelby Miles' father took the pledge last year and was among those who recommitted Monday for a second.

"I feel like it's important to have fathers and to have that motivation to start off the year," Miles said. "So, I think that it's great to have a strong figure like my father help me and bring me into school."

Logan says the impact can be far-reaching.

"I think, if we work in a partnership between the school and the home, we can see a lot of potential become unlocked," he said.

However, he wants to be clear that these fathers need to do a lot more than just sign the pledge.

He wants to see action.

"Sometimes, you have to tag-team and trade off and do some of the things that mom traditionally does – as far as helping out with homework or even checking to see what homework is there," he said.


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  • Sherrill Craig Aug 26, 2014
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    Personally, I don't think fathers should sign a pledge that they would be more involved with their children and their schooling. I would think that would be a no-brainer. Instinctual. A Basic tenet of fatherhood.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Aug 26, 2014

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    RESPONSIBLE father's.. mother's would not have their children out at night... by their sides while they were looting and rioting in Missouri. But I can tell you that I am glad to see this happening.

    Baby steps...

  • Coach K is still GREAT Aug 26, 2014

    Maybe the revs should come to Durham and give their support... THIS TIME... of course... after the Duke Lacrosse thing, perhaps they're still wiping the egg of their faces... still awaiting an apology, men...

  • Bobby Medlin Aug 26, 2014
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    There must be a sale on soap boxes somewhere.

  • jackaroe123 Aug 26, 2014

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    What's getting old is that any time now you'll forget a story like this in order to start accusing the Black community of doing nothing to improve whatever disadvantageous circumstances they experience.

  • Kenny Dunn Aug 26, 2014
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    "so call fathers"?

  • foodstamptrader Aug 26, 2014

    This is a great program. Need more men to step up and get involved. Especially with young black boys. It will make a big difference in how they see the world. Bravo!

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 26, 2014

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    Well said!

  • Betty Lanier Aug 26, 2014
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    I am sure that they will appreciate you kind words of encouragement. Just remember, involvement has to start somewhere. Instead of being negative, be encouraging.

    I, personally, am glad that these fathers are making the effort to be involved in their children's schools and their lives. It will make a profound difference in their lives.

  • justabumer Aug 26, 2014

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    Why do you assume that those whose comments you disagree with are right wingers? It would appear that your prejudice is showing.