Father's Day may be a week away, but that did not stop one local group from honoring dads on Saturday.
The 16th annual Dads Make a Difference celebration was held, beginning with a rally outside of the High School of Commerce.
Organizers said there is proof that children living with their married, biological or adoptive parents are less likely to pick up bad habits such as drug use or criminal behavior.
One family in attendance Saturday stressed the importance they place on being together.
"Well, I believe as mankind that's what everyone should do, try to leave an impact on the next generation so that we can all live in peace and prosperity," said Mohamed Turay, father to two daughters.
Organizers team up with Springfield Public Schools for the event.
Five hundred essays from students were submitted about their "super dads," and the nine winners of the contest were honored during Saturday's celebration.
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