Commission on the Status of Black Males Joins Community to Welcome Students on First Day of School at Fairview Elementary

FILE PHOTO: BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/08/03: The Million Father March welcomes Fairview Elementary students on the first day of school on August 3, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The mayor, chief of police, MCCSC superintendent and other city leaders also joined welcoming the students. Community members gathered before 8:30 a.m., but by 9:30 a.m. only two buses had arrived. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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Bloomington, Ind. – July 27, 2023

The City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) is set to participate in an initiative to welcome students back to Fairview Elementary School in person, according to a press release from the City of Bloomington. On Wednesday, August 2, at 8:30 a.m., area fathers, father figures, caregivers, mentors, and role models will gather at the school located at 500 West 7th Street to join hands in support of the young learners.

The event, known as the Million Fathers March (MFM), has become a local tradition and signifies the seventh consecutive year of its observance in the Bloomington community. The MFM is a national movement that calls upon fathers and male role models to actively engage in the educational lives of their children and other children in the community by escorting them to school on the first day.

Volunteers who wish to take part in this touching event are encouraged to register at bloomington.in.gov/csbm. The CSBM emphasizes the importance of adhering to health and safety guidelines, which can be found on the registration site.

While originally designed for Black men, the CSBM extends an open invitation to men and women of all races, nationalities, and faith backgrounds to support and participate in the Million Fathers March. By escorting their children and other youngsters to school, these caring adults demonstrate their unwavering commitment to nurturing a positive and supportive environment for education.

In addition to the Fairview Elementary gathering, the CSBM urges males who are unable to join the event at Fairview to seek alternative ways to engage with local schools and support the youth of Bloomington. The impact of mentorship and involvement from caring community members extends far beyond the classroom, and the CSBM hopes that individuals from all walks of life will step up to contribute to the growth and well-being of the city’s young learners.

For more information about the National Million Fathers March, please visit millionfathersmarch.com. To learn more about the local event at Fairview Elementary and how to get involved, interested individuals can reach out to Safe and Civil City Director Shatoyia Moss at [email protected] or call 812-349-3430.

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