Million Father March welcome students on the first day of school

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) – Students at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Wake County got a special welcome from a group of volunteers Monday morning.

The Million Father March was organized by the Parent Teacher Organization to give kids an extra boost of confidence on the first day of school.

Parent volunteers, church leaders and members of the Fuquay police and fire departments, greeted kids as they entered the school.

Each student got a high five and a thumbs up.

The group says they wanted every student to have encouragement as they enter on their first day of the new school year.

They say not all kids have a parent that can walk them to the door on their first day of class but they hope the big show of support can show students that lots of people care and are cheering them on.

“We’re concerned about the community,” Dwight Bullock, volunteer said.  “We want this school right here to be a school of excellence. A lot of us stay in the community and matriculated through here so we just wanted to give these kids a good start and again make this a school of excellence.”

“Just standing over here, watching the smiles on these kids’ faces means a lot, Todd Baulch, principal said. “The first day it brings some nerves, anxiety. A lot of kids come out of the car are little unsure then they get a cheer and some high fives and quickly it is melted away.”

The million father march was created for men to show commitment to their kids on their first day of school.

It was started back in 2004 but this is the first time a local school has participated.

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