“Dads Make a Difference” event promotes dads being involved

"Father's Day" weekend in Springfield has come to signify a deep bond between Dads and their children

SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – “Father’s Day” weekend in Springfield has come to signify a deep bond between Dads and their children.

As the organizer of the “Dads Make a Difference” event explained, it’s all about promoting a sense of nurturing, caring and being involved in the lives of your children. Dozens of families made the ceremonial march from Springfield’s high school of commerce to the museum quadrangle.

Tony Pettaway of Springfield spoke with 22News, giving some advice for new fathers. “The best advice I can say is be there, take plenty of pictures they grow up so fast, little kids you remember now, they turn into a toddler, teen, and ultimately someone whose going to take care of you.”

The “Dads Make a Difference” event also hopes to get across the positive role a father can play in the future course of his sons and daughters.

Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams told 22News, “For the young person who has a male role model in their lives, juvenile delinquency is down, crime is down all over the country, kids do better in school, absenteeism disappears.”

The celebration continued at the quadrangle where 300 kids of all ages would compete in this year’s super dad, superman essay contest.

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