Fathers urged to attend council meeting

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Pittsburgh school board member Mark Brentley Sr. is looking for 100 men to join him at a City Council meeting at 10 a.m. tomorrow to accept a proclamation for "Take a Father to School Day" Friday.

After receiving the proclamation, Mr. Brentley said, the group is invited to join him outside the City-County Building from about noon to 4 p.m. Information about social services for men and fathers will be available, and a boxed lunch will be provided about 1 p.m.

About 50 men attended the council meeting last year. Mr. Brentley said he wants to double the number as part of an effort to draw more attention to the 10-year-old "Take a Father to School" program.

Mr. Brentley said city schools will sponsor a variety of activities for Friday's event, which is designed to increase men's involvement in their children's school activities. Once the men step foot in the school building, he said, principals should take steps to keep them coming back.

Fathers wield important influence on their children's achievement, but they're not involved enough, Mr. Brentley said, adding most parent groups are composed primarily of women.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools offers parents special opportunities to get involved in early-childhood programs, including events such as read-a-thons and "Walk Your Child to School" days, said M. Hubbard El, an organizer.



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