The fathers formed a “high-five line” to welcome the children into school and once inside, everyone listened to speeches by Real Dads Network Founder Derek Phillips and Commissioner Keith Howard from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.
“Having a significant number of positive male role models in our school at one time was truly exceptional and had a profound impact on our educational environment,” Brooklyn Scholars Principal Roxanne Thomas said. “The presence of these role models helped create a sense of community within the school. Students and teachers alike felt a stronger bond, knowing that they were part of a supportive and nurturing environment.”
Students posed for photos with their fathers and showed them around their school, which has outperformed the local district for 11 years.
“For scholars, having their fathers and father figures at school provides a sense of emotional security and comfort,” Thomas said. “Knowing that their loved ones are close by can reduce anxiety and help them feel safe in their learning environment. Interactions with fathers and father figures at school allow scholars to witness healthy social interactions and communication skills firsthand. These experiences contribute to their own social development, teaching them how to navigate relationships and resolve conflicts positively.”
“Positive male role models reinforced the importance of values such as respect, integrity, and perseverance,” Thomas said. “Their presence made it clear that these qualities were not only valued but also essential for success.”
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About Brooklyn Scholars Charter School
Brooklyn Scholars Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school in Brooklyn, New York, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes over 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.