Dads of Douglas County provides week of events in honor of fathers

Promoting awareness of the value of fathers in raising healthy, successful children is the objective of Dad Days, a series of activities for and about fathers to be held in Lawrence, Kansas June 13-18.

Dad Days is sponsored by Dads of Douglas County, a local council com­prised of men and women dedicated to encouraging and promoting father involvement in the lives of children in the community. According to Jenn Preston, a coucil member, "The Dads of Douglas County council has been hard at work in the past year to bring together this series of activities. We hope that dads are empowered and reminded of the invaluable role they play in the lives of their children and to hear how other fathers face the challenges and joys of fathering".

All events are free, open to the public and will take place in Lawrence, Kansas. Featured events include:

Monday June 13

  • Dad Days Community Speaker, 6:30 p.m. Coach Turner Gill: "Building Relationships that Last Forever." Liberty Memorial Central Middle School Auditorium, 1400 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Tuesday, June 14

  • Dad Days Community Speaker, 8:00 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning Leonard Pitts: "In the Measure of a Man." Liberty Memorial Central Middle School Auditorium, 1400 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Wednesday, June 15

  • 2nd Annual Dad Days Film Festival, 7:00 p.m. Independent Film Makers Contest Screening and Awards Ceremony, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Friday, June 17

  • Professional Development, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dad Days Workshops for Human Service Professionals, Keynote: Charles A. Smith, PhD: "Empowering Fathers to Become Heroes in their Children's Eyes." Holiday Inn, 200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, Kansas. Register at

For detailed information of Dad Days events, visit: Dad Days and the Dads of Douglas County council are supported through a Partners for Kids: United Hands Make the Best Families grant provided to the Kansas Children's Service League Healthy Families America program by Circle of Parents. Programs in Douglas, Johnson, Rice and Wyandotte counties are the recipients of these grants in Kansas.

For more information about Dad Days events, email Jenn Preston at

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