- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Community leaders are using back to school events Monday to connect kids with male mentors.

Village Academy in Delray Beach asked fathers, uncles, cousins and grandfather to greet students as they walk onto campus. Principal LaToya Dixon says she wants to show children that the community is invested in their education. She has recruited more than 100 men.

A Florida Department of Education study found that when fathers are actively involved in their child’s education, the student earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school, has fewer discipline problems and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

Monday’s initiative is part of The Black Star Project, U.S.A. - Million Father March. The organization says schools in almost 600 cities are expected to participate.

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