Fathers and Daughters Celebrate Together


More than 150 dads and their daughters attended the Newark Public Schools first Father/Daughter dance on June 13th at the Robert Treat Hotel. The event was sponsored by the Office of Family and Community Engagement in conjunction with the Concerned Fathers of Newark Public Schools. The dance was the culminating event for the fathers following months of events focusing on engaging dads. In addition to dinner and dancing, each father/father figure recited a pledge to their daughter stating they will remain a central figure in their daughters lives. Many dads stated that the event was more meaningful than they would have ever imagined and it truly was a night the young ladies will never forget.The Concerned Fathers of Newark Public Schools hosted events district-wide including Thursdays are Father’s Days, an initiative that allowed fathers to collectively explore new ideas and address issues of concern regarding their children’s education. Recognizing every Thursday as Father’s Day in the schools sends and important message to the community – especially the children—that Newark’s dads are concerned about their children. Numerous activities are currently being planned for both fathers and families for the next school year.