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JPS fathers rally to support students taking state tests

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

When students arrived at McWillie Elementary School Monday morning, they were greeted by a group of cheering fathers.  

The group lined the sidewalks and gave high-fives to students to motivate and encourage them to do their best this week on state tests.

"We know that when parents step up they do better," said Fredrick Nolan, coordinator for Jackson Public Schools WATCH D.O.G.S. program. "But when dads step up, they do exponentially better."

The men held rallies at all JPS elementary and middle schools Monday as part of the national safe school initiative WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program.

The program was designed to encourage fathers and other male role models to get more involved in their children's education, starting with spending a day volunteering at school. 

"We're trying to encourage not only the students, but, the fathers to come in and make a bigger investment in our scholars education," said Nolan.

Monday was the first day of testing for the Mississippi Assessment Program, or MAP.

MAP testing is required for public school students in 3rd through 8th grades.

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