In an effort to build our students’ self-esteem and build on their success in school, John P. Freeman Optional School launched their first annual “A Date with Dad”. Research has proven that parental involvement helps children to achieve at higher levels, attain better school attendance, and are less likely to get involved with crime or suffer from mental and social problems.  Dads from K-3 were invited to eat lunch with their children, pictures were taken and dads were given valuable information on how they can help their children with skills that are taught at school.  Dads filled out surveys and discussed how they could become mentors and volunteers in the school.  The participation was tremendous and they all are looking forward to the upcoming event for dads.