'Take Father to School' wins national award
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Pittsburgh Public Schools has won one of three grand prize awards from the American School Board Journal for "Take a Father to School Day," an initiative started by school board member Mark Brentley Sr. in 2007.
For that day, fathers as well as male role models are encouraged to spend a day at their child's school. This is the 14th consecutive year for the special day, which will be on May 18.
City council will issue a proclamation about the day on May 8, and Mr. Brentley said efforts are being made to get 100 men to attend to stand up for children.
The number participating in the day has grown from 3,669 in 2007 to 5,964 in 2011.
The other grand prize winners of Magna Awards announced this week are Maplewood Richmond Heights School District in Missouri and Monroe-Woodbury Central School District in New York. Pittsburgh was in the category of districts with more than 20,000 students.
The awards, designed for programs that encourage student learning and community involvement, are supported by Sodexo School Services. Grand prize winners receive $4,000 in scholarship money that will be presented at the National School Boards Association's annual conference in Boston later this month.
First Published April 14, 2012 12:00 am