As the father of three biological sons, and five adopted daughters, Bill Dix has found himself at more school visitation days than he can count.
During American Education Week, in mid November, Dix was out at Conowingo Elementary School, visiting his daughter's class. Third grader Brianna Bowman was going over homework with teacher Tracy Evans, when the students were stumped by an answer, Dix raised his hand.
"I have a 39-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter. I am at the school as
much as I can be," said Dix, who estimates that he attends or has turned out for at least 10 school events each year per child.
"It shows support and that we are committed and interested in education. I postponed a trip to New York to be here. She was crying so I decided to postpone the trip to be here."
Dix said he helps with homework on a regular basis. He uses flash cards. "The new math and core curriculum is confusing," he said. He also home schooled for six months because the family lived on a boat. Dix wasn't the only dad out for visitation day. Chris Frantz was visiting his daughter third grader, Christina. "It's a lot harder now. I'm glad I'm out of school," said Frantz.