Written by: Austin Leachman, DCSD Communications Intern

Nearly 50 fathers and role models gathered at Toney Elementary School on Oct. 27 to unveil a hand-built lending library sponsored by Fathers Incorporated, as part of the Real Dads Read program.

The event was held on the door steps of the school, with faculty and staff in attendance. Students also participated in the experience with their fathers. After the ceremony, Fathers Incorporated members and Toney Elementary principal Oliver L. Dean went inside for a roundtable on fatherhood and the duty of being involved in a child’s life.

Two other lending libraries will be placed at Snapfinger Elementary and Columbia Elementary.

Fathers Incorporated is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to strengthening the community and family infrastructure by encouraging the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

“We believe that this program is going to bring an element in the lives of our children that will allow them to become more successful in their academic lives,” said Fathers Incorporated Executive Director Kenneth Braswell. “It will also strengthen the bonds between the children and their fathers and to ensure that they will be successful throughout their lives.”