The Fort Wayne Commission on African American Males will host a back-to-school event to get fathers more involved in the education of their children.
The Glynn Hines Back to School Fatherhood Initiative will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17 at McMillen Community Center (the former McMillen Ice Rink). Backpacks of supplies will go to the first 250 fathers or male mentors who sign up to take the Fatherhood Initiative pledge. The pledge asks fathers to take their children to school on the first day and stay involved during the school year.
There will be free food and haircuts. The sponsors are Albright's Meats & Deli, Parkview Health, the city of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Urban League and the IPFW Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
The local Back to School Initiative coincides with the "Million Father March," led by the Black Star Project, will take place in 600 cities nationwide Aug. 19.
The Fort Wayne Commission on African American Males was re-established on June 27 after several years of inactivity.