Father’s Day is around the corner, it celebrates 100 years of tradition to honor our fathers. Today fathers can come in many forms. Mothers that serve as both parents and grandparents raising their grandchildren, as well as uncles, mentors and others that serve as a father figure. In some cases it can be a special teacher that has reached out to be part of your child’s life.
At the National PTA Convention this week, there was a strong emphasis on getting fathers involved. Helping them to increase their numbers. Men now make up 12% of the PTA. That number could (and should) grow. And an invitation may be all the incentive they need.
Speakers included the leaders of the Fort Wayne Area Council (FWAC) PTA, galvanized their local units into recruiting dads to join. Julie Klingenberger, President of the FWAC PTA, detailed how constructing and marketing a program called F.B.I. (Fathers Being Involved) helped them to add close to 1,200 dads to their member list — an impressive 30% increase.
Strong Fathers, Strong Families is part of the new program called F.B.I. Take the time to bring this program into your local schools and community. Visit Florida’s PTA website and find out more about how you can get involved.
How do you get fathers to become more engaged with their children’s education? All you have to do is ask.