Real Dads Read

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Fathers Incorporated, a leading national nonprofit for the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood, is implementing the Real Dads Read ( www.realdadsread.org) initiative. Real Dads Read (RDR) is aimed at elementary and middle school aged children (K-8) and their fathers/male caregivers with the goals of 1) encouraging children to develop a love of reading, 2) improving children’s literacy skills and educational outcomes, and 3) strengthening bonds between fathers/caregivers and their children. Real Dads Read is a two-generation approach to engaging and improving outcomes for both men and the children for which they are responsible.

While RDR is designed to encourage all fathers to read to their children, there is a focus on Black and Latino fathers, particularly in low-income communities. Real Dads Read launches first in Atlanta--the city was recently ranked first for income inequality with one in four of its residents living in poverty.

Reading is a fundamental skill. A child’s ability to read proficiently by third
grade is the most significant predictor of his or her school success, high school completion, and future economic stability. However, approximately 80% of low-income children will not achieve this crucial milestone. RDR will attempt to change this outcome by engaging barbershops and, eventually, creating Real Dads Read clubs in schools and churches in Atlanta and, then, nationwide to encourage fathers to read to their children. Reading to children is a clear and beneficial way for fathers to spend quality time with their children.

Real Dads Read Testimonies

I am still in amazement as to how you interacted with those kids.  Thank you so much for being who you are!  You have truly earned your wings.  I look forward to working more and more with Fathers Incorporated. 

Ruby L. Alford-Keel
Librarian I
Southeast Atlanta Branch
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
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Real Dads Read donates 3 Free Little Libraries for Snapfinger, Columbia and Toney Elementary Schools in Dekalb County in time for the upcoming Million Fathers March in Atlanta. realdadsread.org
Little Free Libraries In Dekalb County
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The 2017 Million Fathers March produced an exciting event for 100 Dads of Dunbar Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. Several dignitaries on hand to encourage dads to remain engaged in the academic lives of their children. Atlanta Council President Ceasar Mitchell presented a proclamation for Million Fathers March Day and Atlanta Board Member Byron Amos read a congratulatory letter.
Real Dads Read at Dunbar Elementary
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In This “I Love DeKalb Schools Update,” nearly 50 fathers and role models gathered at Toney Elementary School on Oct. 27 to unveil a hand-built lending library sponsored by Fathers Incorporated, as part of the Real Dads Read program. After the ceremony, Fathers Incorporated members and Toney Elementary principal Oliver L. Dean went inside for a roundtable on fatherhood and the duty of being involved in a child’s life.
Toney Elementary School Lending Library
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Ribbon Cutting ceremony of the donation of 3 Little Free Libraries to Toney, Snapfinger and Columbia Elementary Schools in Decatur, GA (Dekalb County) The event is part of the 2017 Million Fathers March and Real Dads Read. realdadsread.org
Real Dads Read - Toney Elementary School
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$90 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 24 months
Created October 30, 2016
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Carmella Hill
11 months ago

Great work gentlemen!!

Becky Flansburg
22 months ago

Keep up the good work!

John Simons
23 months ago

I love what you're doing. I hope this reaches NJ!

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