On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Cohoes fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins and friends will gather with the elementary school-aged children in their life and walk them to school. Principals from the three Cohoes elementary schools are calling on all of the important MENtors who serve as role models to the hundreds of children attending their schools to take an active role in their education by participating in this first-ever event.
“We want to acknowledge and honor all of the men who fill such an important role in our students’ lives,” said Harmony Hill Principal Mark Perry. “We are incredibly grateful for their involvement and want to encourage more men to join the movement.”
Studies have shown that young students with mentors are more confident in their academic abilities and are considerably less likely to have behavior issues. In Cohoes, cultivating the male mentor role has become more important in the early grades as the number of socioeconomically disadvantaged students has increased and many more females than males serve as the primary contact between school and home.
“Our hope is that this event helps these MENtors become involved in school,” said Abram Lansing Principal Cliff Bird. “We want to build strong relationships, to help bridge home and school life.”
Updated September 21, 2016:
MENtors and students from Harmony Hill and Abram Lansing met at West End Park and Van Schaick students and their MENtors met by Van Schiack pond. The participation in this event was overwhelming! Thank you to all of the MENtors who came out and walked your children to school!
In the 2016-17 school year, the Cohoes City School District is
working to reduce chronic absenteeism (students who miss 18+ days a
year) by raising awareness, increasing outreach and working
collaboratively with families and the community. The district is
launching the “Every Minute Matters” campaign at a special
attendance forum on Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at Cohoes High