Fathers get involved with their children's education at Douglas County event

The "FRED" event — Fathers Reading Every Day — seeks to improve a child’s literacy by involving their father.

FRED 5996.jpg
Jeff Lepinsky and his daughter, Lillian, painted pictures at the Fathers Reading Every Day event at the Douglas County Library.
Contributed photo

ALEXANDRIA — The Early Childhood Initiative, using funds from a West Central Initiative grant, collaborated with Sarah Wethern, the Douglas County children’s librarian, on Feb. 24 for an event for children and their fathers.

The "FRED" event — Fathers Reading Every Day — had not been done for several years. The program seeks to improve a child’s literacy by involving their father.

“Fathers who are involved in their children’s early education have a significant impact on attainment and on future aspiration," noted Connie Fields, Early Childhood Initiative coordinator of Douglas County.

Fields said several reliable studies have shown that high levels of interest by a father in his child’s schooling and education are associated with improved outcomes, including:

  • Better exam, test, class results.
  • Higher educational qualifications.
  • Greater progress at nursery/school.
  • More enjoyment of nursery/school.
  • Higher educational expectations.
  • Better behavior and reduced risk of suspension or expulsion (information is from the Fatherhood Initiative website .)

The FRED event drew 21 dads and 30 children, ages 1-5. Participants enjoyed a supper, did a craft activity and Wethern read two books.


FRED 5999.jpg
Clark Comer and his son, Grant, attended the Fathers Reading Every Day event in Alexandria.
Contributed photo

What To Read Next
The Touchdown Pepperoni Cheese Ball features a medley of popular pizza flavors including mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, olives, jalapeños, onion, garlic, crushed red peppers, oregano and pepperoni.
Father Matthew Kuhn and St. Mary's Music Coordinator Erin Takle will be performing at the historic stage on Feb. 19 along with members of parishes from across the country.
Alomere Health births, year to date: 58
Photo of the Week of rocks and snow that look like a polar bear