Father’s Day in the Unites States is on the 3rd Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make in their children’s lives. It’s origin may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monogah, West Virginia in 1907.
Father figures can include a father, step father, father in laws and grandfathers. Father figures may also include mentors, teachers, scout leaders, coaches just to name a few. Anyone that can be a positive, supportive influence on an individual could be considered a father figure.
I was fortunate to have a father who was always there for me. He was always very supportive, involved in my school and after school activities. I can remember him sitting in the audience with other fathers at dance recitals,school and scout activities. I realize now that he probably really didn’t want to be there for a little girls dance recital, but he always was. That love, support and guidance was ever present for me.
Research shows that the close, supportive relationship and healthy attachment to a responsible adults promotes the healthy development and well-being of children and youth. Many of the children that a CIS site coordinator comes in contact with may not have that close healthy attachment to a father figure. More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have fathers who are physically present but for what ever reason, they are emotionally absent.
The mission of Communities in School is surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS delivers the five basics: A personal relationship with a caring adult, a safe place, a marketable skill, a chance to give back and a healthy start and a healthy future.
Communities in Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. CIS staff located in schools identify students that are at risks and students that need a positive role model, a positive influence on their life. Students are then matched with a community member who serves as a mentor and/or tutor.
There is always a need for mentors and tutors to help students. When was the last time you celebrated a birthday? Most folks would be surprised to know that there are children in Rowan County that never celebrate their birthday or even receive a card.Do you have an hour a week to give to a child in need? Do you have a desire to make a difference in the life of a child? No special skills are required to become a mentor. A background check and training session are required.
Happy Father’s Day Daddy!