Elementary school brings the community together to impact kids

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One local elementary school believes bringing men into a child lives early on is the key for long term success.

On the first day of classes at Hawkins Mill Elementary school, FOX13 was reminded that it takes a village to raise a child.

Police officers, fraternity members, and even businessmen came out to this small school in Frayser to hopefully make an impact on the young scholars.

Antonio Harvey, Principal, Hawkins Mills Elementary  said, "Bringing the community in, getting them involved and here really to just support the kids this school year and start it out on the right note."

According to a report from the National Principals Association, 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.

"It's really just came out of a situation on a personal end for me. (I) just really want to have men in our children's lives,"Harvey said. 

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Lashondra Brown brought her son from Gary, Indiana. She told FOX13 that this needs to happen more in communities like Frayser.

"This is here we start out here at the elementary school, where we have to get our kids involve," Brown said.

Harvey said that even though this as the first time for this to happen, he is going to make sure it happens for years to come.