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Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt Hosting Essay Contest To Honor Outstanding Fathers

According to an article in the Journal of Family Psychology, a study examining father involvement found that father-child contact was associated with better socio-emotional and academic functioning. The results indicated that children with more involved fathers experienced fewer behavioral problems and scored higher on reading achievement. In recognition of the important role fathers’ play in the welfare and development of their children and celebration of Father’s Day, Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt is challenging high school students to participate in an essay contest entitled “What a Father Means to Me.” Councilor Steven Hoyt said he hopes to create positive dialogue from the essays submitted in an attempt to get more fathers involved and cultivate more change within our communities.

“It’s important that all of us as men step up to the plate as father figures and build our children (especially our young men) while they’re in their prime stages of growth,” Councilor Hoyt said. “By volunteering a couple of weekends with our youth, we can connect with them one on one to provide them with valuable tools to help them grow, both in their academics and extracurricular activities. It is my hope, that this essay contest on, “What a Father Truly Mean,” will showcase just how much of an impact father’s have on their children’s lives.”

Winners who place first will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet; second place winners a $100.00 Visa Gift Card; and 3rd place Birmingham City Council gift packs. Essays should be no less than 500 words and will be judged on originality, creativity, expression and proper usage of grammar and spelling. All entries must be submitted mailed or hand delivered by the close of business to the Office of Councilor Steven Hoyt on Friday May 27, 2016 at Birmingham City Council, 710 North 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203.

Winners will be announced at Councilor Hoyt’s Annual ‘Man Up Breakfast’ on Saturday June 18, 2016. For additional information please contact Committee Assistants to District 8 Kandace Richards at 205.254.2304 or Melva Langford at 205.254.2363.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.