JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dozens of dads opened a book and read to hundreds of school kids Wednesday morning.

It's all part of Fathers in Education day at San Mateo Elementary School.

Thirty-five fathers read books to every class in the school and answered career questions.

Principal, Deidra Johnson, said the event not only honor fathers, but shatters a stigma among some students that reading isn't cool.

The program is aimed at combating literacy issues in Florida schools.

"Having students to really engage in reading activities. But, to just grow the love of reading," she said. "To understand not only their comprehension, but growing their word analysis. Her vocabulary as well."

This was the first Fathers in Education Day at the school.

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