Contact: Jennifer Hammill, Director Community Relations
CAMDEN- More than 40 fathers of children enrolled in Center For Family Services (CFS) Head Start program marched through Camden as a visible sign of unity to show the importance of a positive male role model in a child’s education.
A strong visible male role model positively impacts the overall development of a child as well as their success in the classroom. When asked what the most important qualities of a father are CFS Head Start dad Jimill King, said leadership is the number one quality with discipline and love following as close seconds. “You’ve got to be a good role model even if you aren’t perfect,” King explained.
For Jose Lugo being there 24/7 for his kids is the most important characteristic of being a father. Lugo was excited to be part of the march through Camden sharing, “I did it for the community, for my daughter, and for myself.”
The event wound down as Darnell Shakes, Head Start policy council member, thanked the participating fathers and committee members for planning and making the event come to life. Before seeing the dads off, Shakes offered a few words of wisdom, “Do not let the barriers of life hold you down. We are here. We are fathers. We are strong. We are the foundation of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. When you leave here today know this march will continue on past Father’s Day. We are a city that’s not divided; we are a city that’s united.”
About Center For Family Services
Center For Family Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope and strength. It is their vision that all people lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities.
Center For Family Services provides Head Start services in Camden County through federal funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to promote school readiness and enhance the social and cognitive development of children.