City leaders welcome Mount View Elementary students and their dads back to school

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City leaders welcome Mount View Elementary students and their dads back to school

By Emily Szink. CREATED Aug 13, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Not only were the students the focus of Mount View Elementary School’s first day of school assembly, but their dads also got some recognition.  City leaders thanked the men for the role they play in their child's education.

"Everybody involved today thank you for being a part of your child's education.  Let’s get our first day started,” said Mount View Elementary Principal Matt Williams. 

Principal Williams not only welcomed his students back to school, but he also welcomed their dads.

Mount View Elementary School took part in the “Million Father March,” a day that encourages dads across the country to walk their kids to school and be involved in their children's education.

Dozens of dads just like Dontae Salis were proud of the turnout.

“The moms are always getting the credit and everything, it's just great that the fathers are here and you know we back, we're making a big comeback and I’m just excited,” said Dontae Salis, the father of a third grade boy. 

Sherrod Clifton says he is extremely active in his third grade daughter Kaylina's life, especially when it comes to her education. 

"She said, 'I don't feel like going to school.'  I said, 'Baby, if you want a good education, you've got to go to school.  If you want a good job, you've got to get a good education to get that job.'  And that's life for her to go to school,” said Clifton. 

Right now, Clifton is working on finishing his college degree and hopes his daughter follows in his footsteps.  Kaylina says she wants to go to college just like her dad so she can be a role model. 

This is the sixth year Mount View Elementary school has taken part in the “Million Father March.” Principal Williams says they will continue to do it for many years to come.