Grant Category: Art & Culture
Funding Goal: $1500
Bakerfield Elementary works to increase the amount of meaningful male involvement within our school. Every Friday and Monday we have Smile Makers. These are males that volunteer to greet the students, pump them up and get them ready to start their day. They wear bright yellow shirts, hand out stickers, and have plenty of high fives and smiles to spread around. We also host a Male engagement breakfast in December each year. This is one of our ways to have involved fathers reach out to the greater school community and spread the message on the importance of being involved. We provide a STEM activity for the male role models to do with their child/children. Lastly, we kick
off the school year with our Million Father March. This is our way to celebrate the first day of school with our dads and get them excited about their involvement for the school year.
Research shows that students who have a positive male figure involved in their education are more likely to perform better in school and are less likely to have behavior problems. Many of the students at Bakerfield do not have a consistent male figure in their life. It has been our mission to educate the Bakerfield community on the importance of positive male role models. As a result, we are hoping to bring more male volunteers into our school. Bakerfield currently has 425 students, many who do not have positive male figures in their life. 68% of our students live in poverty.