Group seeks to bring ‘Dads on Duty’ to Binghamton area, BHS encourages mentors to step forward

Binghamton High School entrance.
Binghamton High School entrance.(WBNG 12 News)
Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 8:54 PM EST
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG)-- Days after Community Advocates Restoring Educational Standards (CARES) asked people via a Facebook post to join the Binghamton chapter of “Dads on Duty”, the Binghamton City School District is thanking CARES for their support, and encouraging people to apply for their already established mentorship program. The district stated a ‘Dads on Duty’ program has not been established at the school.

The Binghamton City School District Monday sent a letter to mentors and volunteers within the district. The letter thanked families and community members for supporting students and the school. The district also stated that while “CARES requested from the community names of fathers who might be interested in providing input and participating” in a ‘Dads on Duty’ program, the district does not have a specific program in place.

In the letter, the district stated “a specific program description including duties, training, and orientation has not been fully developed”.

The district informed mentors and volunteers that it collaborates with CARES and the organization supports parent mentors in several buildings. It also stated CARES is “an outstanding community partner”.

In the Facebook post from December 20th, CARES stated it decided to start a Binghamton chapter of Dad’s on Duty.

The program first started when a series of fights at a Louisiana high school resulted in nearly two dozen students getting arrested, suspended, or expelled in a span of 72 hours.

CARES stated it believe having father figures around will lower the chances of fights breaking out. It pointed to recent conflicts at Binghamton High School.

The original Facebook post was shared by Binghamton Councilwoman Angela Riley on Dec. 22, who expressed her support for such a program.

“If we see from this exemplar that children felt better seeing parents they know from the community, that all are striving for the same goal there to support volunteer and have a presence why not try it,” said Riley.