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Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School invite parents and students to take part in the national “Million Father March” on Aug. 31, the first day of school.

School District 65 encourage families – and especially fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers – to walk their school-age child to school on the first day. Many District 65 schools will host a welcoming center for families who take their children to school on the first day.

 ETHS likewise encourages moms as well as dads to take their freshman students to ETHS on the first day of school, arriving no later than The students will convene in an assembly, and parents are invited to a reception in the school’s Michael Cafeteria from to

At ETHS, freshmen will come in the morning only on the first day of school and follow an abbreviated class schedule from to   Upperclassmen will follow an abbreviated schedule in the afternoon from to

The Million Father March is a national event. The Evanston Youth Initiative says, “This event is important because research shows that children whose parents take active roles in their educational lives earn better grades, get better test scores, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.”

 This is the third year that Distrcit 65 and ETHS have participated in the Million Father March.