Commission on the Status of Black Males to welcome students on the first day of school

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) will join area fathers, father figures, mentors, and role models to welcome students back to school in person Wednesday, August 4 at 8:30 a.m. at Fairview Elementary School, 500 West 7th Street. 

Volunteers are invited to register at  Volunteers will be expected to adhere to health and safety guidelines, posted at the registration site.  

The event marks the fifth local observance of the Million Fathers March (MFM), part of a national opportunity for dads, uncles, grandfathers, coaches, mentors, clergy, men’s groups, and organizations to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children throughout the school year by escorting children to school.  Although this event was created for Black men, the CSBM encourages men and women of all races, nationalities, and faith backgrounds to support them by taking their children to school on the first day. 

The CSBM encourages males who are unable to join the MFM at Fairview to get involved with a local school to support youth in Bloomington in other ways.  

For additional information on the National Million Fathers March visit