Illinois Fatherhood Initiative - IFI
                      1 N. Dearborn St. #1000
                           Chicago IL 60602     

IFI/Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Program

Now in its 18th year this popular essay writing contest has attracted more than 400,000 entries 
and annually involves more than 700 volunteer readers and encompasses three celebrations.

All school-aged Illinois children are welcome and encouraged to participate by writing an 
essay about their; father, stepfather, grandfather or father-figure to the theme

'What My Father Means To Me'

All students receive a certificate of participation and gifts from IFI's sponsor partners.

156 state-wide essay finalists will be recognized at the May 9th IFI Faces of Fatherhood Celebration and then treated to a Chicago White Sox baseball game.

12 of the 156 will also be invited to the June 10th IFI Fatherhood Dinner Celebration being held at the Union League Club of Chicago.
4 of the 12 will also be treated to a Chicago White Sox baseball game where they will have a special on-field experience and throw out a ceremonial first pitch to their dads.

In addition to the above: Here is a brief overview:

- 12 students will receive BrightStart college scholarships

- The top 100 participating schools will receive a Starter Kit of Fathering Resources, and
- All dads who provide a "dad's response" to their child's essay
 will become 
charter members in the new IFI 21st Century Dads Club.

The deadline for submission is March 6, 2015. Click Here to download entry materials. Please forward this message to your local superintendents, principals, and educators with an encouraging word to have their students participate. Remember:

Greater Father Involvement = Greater Student Achievement

"As a former teacher and principal, I encourage you to take advantage of this writing experience for your students. 
For 9 years, my students at Bradley West Elementary School, Bradley, IL, participated in this contest.  The students and school benefited directly from this contest.  The school was among the top schools each year.  Students thoroughly enjoyed writing about their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and father-figures.  The fathers in return enjoyed reading what their children had written about them."
- Wayne Sneed
, Retired Principal, Bradley West School, Bradley, IL

"My second grade class has participated in the Fatherhood Essay Contest for the last four years!  Not only do the kids love the opportunity to write about someone special, but it has been a great way to show father-figures that they DO make a difference and perhaps encourage them to become involved in other ways too, such as within our schools!"

- K. Uzzo, 2nd Grade Teacher, Plainfield, IL

To get your school involved or for more information, click here

The Illinois Fatherhood Initiative is a 501(c)3 charity.
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