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Fathers Walk returns: Here's why dads are walking their children to school Thursday

It's an event that first started back in 2006 in Cuyahoga County and has grown every year to include surrounding areas as well.

CLEVELAND — The annual Fathers Walk is back after taking a year off due to COVID-19. The event is designed to promote dads being involved in their child’s education.

Each year, thousands of dads and male mentors walk their children to school for the Fathers Walk. It's an event that first started back in 2006 in Cuyahoga County and has grown every year to include surrounding areas as well.

So your job today is simple. If you can, get up and have breakfast with the kids. Then, take the time to walk them to school – or at the very least – to their bus stop. 

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Since some schools still have COVID safety protocols in place, you may not be able to enter the building and some schools are even holding special outdoor events related to the Fathers Walk.

Regardless of how you participate, it’s the time you spend with your child that’s most important about today. Research shows that children with a father or male mentor as a participant in their education tend to have better grades and enjoy school and learning even more. The Fathers Walk reminds us to be involved in their education year-round, leading them to success.

One more tip: Be sure to take some fun photos and videos that you can enjoy for years to come. Then share those moments on social media using #NEOFathersWalk or #FathersWalk.

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