Dad's getting involved

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News 12 at 11, April 19, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- Some local fathers are trying to make a difference. They met Saturday for the Dad's Initiative Summit. It's a program, designed to educate and encourage dad's from across the state of Georgia to get more involved.

The important role fathers play in the lives of their children. It's a message these dad's want to spread.

"It takes a spark to get a fire going and I think we started a fire today," Sgt. Richard Roundtree said.

Superior Court Judge Danny Craig was one of several speakers. And their message was clear, children that are raised with involved, responsible, and committed fathers do better in school, life, and work.

"At school, too many of our kids are growing up in fatherless homes, too many of our children are being reared by single parents, particularly mothers," Kenneth Lott said.

And that's why they talked about getting involved in the Dads In School Programs, where they will put positive men and fathers into the school system. Just one more way to be a positive male role model by interacting with the students, showing up for lunch, story time, or even going on field trips.

"I have been going to lunch with my daughters. But now, I'm going to have to sit in the classroom. More classroom time," Eric Smith said.

They said it's a simple concept, but can make all the difference in the world to these kids.

"Anything that revolves around me enhancing the lives of my own children, I want to be a part of it," Lott said.

Sgt. Roundtree said dad's can work around a busy schedule to make a difference, by taking just 5 or 10 minutes out of the day to devote to their children.

"You never know what impacts a child. Just a mere presence in itself is enough to motivate a child who is teetering on the fence," Sgt. Roundtree said.

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