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Big surprise for students in Delray Beach on the first day of school

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - There was a big surprise for students on the first day of school in Delray Beach

About 70 men lined the entryway at Village Academy and encouraged students as they walked into school.

The idea is to give children a positive male role model.

They want the youngsters to be inspired by seeing successful men from the community at their school.

“It shows there is hope. That we can achieve, we can accomplish things, as long as we work hard and stay focused,” said Assistant Delray Beach Police Chief Javaro Sims

“It was like I was a Hollywood movie star,” said 5th grade student Monica Sonson. “It made me feel like I was special.”

This is part of a nationwide movement called the "Million Father March."

Local organizers say it doesn't stop after the first day of school.

Now they're raising money to buy more books for the library.  

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