HAWTHORNE, N.Y. – Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino joined school and community leaders Monday, to encourage dads to spend more quality time with their kids.
At a press conference at the Columbus Elementary School in Hawthorne, Astorino and the school’s principal, Michael Cunzio, promoted Tuesday as “Dads Take Your Child To School Day.” The event was aimed at getting more fathers involved in the morning drop-off routine.
According to a report by News12, more than a dozen schools were participating in the initiative.
Astorino himself walked his 10-year-old daughter, Kiley, to class Monday, according to News12. The county executive joked that, although kids might be outwardly embarrassed by having a parent there at school, they still love having them with them, according to the report.
Driving the kids to school can give dads daily opportunities to chat or interact with their offspring, they said.
"This is just a little example of carving out a little time with your child," Astorino said.
Cunzio, noting the importance of parent involvement in education, said he’d like to see more dads attend PTA meetings or volunteer at school activities and events.
"It's a great initiative and a great opportunity," he said of the “Dads Take Your Child To School Day.”