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Muskegon Heights Students Begin “Balanced School Year”

Posted at 12:37 PM, Aug 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-12 12:37:30-04

muskeegon schoolsMUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.– It’s the first day back to school for students in the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System.

They call it a balanced calendar school year, with the same amount of schools days, but with more frequent breaks to cut down on summer learning loss.

It wasn’t just teachers that welcomed kids back to school.

“We invited fathers to walk their children into schools to show a sense of solidarity for the importance of education,” said Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross.

Fathers, grandfathers and other male role models took part in the “Million Father March.” It’s an initiative to encourage men to take more of an active role in young children’s lives.

The Million Father March has been done in districts across the country, but it’s the first time Muskegon Heights is trying it out. And, they hope it doesn’t stop here.

“We want them at the curbside, opening the door and welcoming our kids into school,” said Zachery-Ross. “We believe its going to change the kosher and climate of the buildings.”

The superintendent says, at last count, more than 50 students are enrolled. That’s about the same amount of students enrolled as last year.