Prince George's County men are making the most of the Columbus Day holiday by spending time in more than 50 classrooms for "Men Make a Difference Day."
Surrounded by first graders, Loveval Tribble is giving his niece and her classmates an experience he didn't have. Tribble is an Oxon Hill resident and uncle to a Glassmanor first grader.
"I've been without a father for 33 years so I'm making a difference for my niece," he says.
Tribble lost his father, a former D.C. cop, in 1979. He eases the pain by building a strong relationship with his niece.
"It makes my day to know I'm helping her anyway I can," he says.
Across Prince George's County, men like Tribble are taking part in the county-wide initiative to celebrate positive male role models.
"When a parent is involved in a child's education, it makes students' success," says Diane Jones, principal at Glassmanor Elementary School.
Devin Moore is taking that lesson to heart. His father was in the military and family time was limited.
"It basically fills a gap that was somewhat missing," says Moore. "So I'm able to do things I wasn't able to do with my father and my son."
By simply reading a book, Moore says he's sending a message.
"That it's always good to support someone you care about, someone you love," he says.