The Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds was the site Friday of an annual parental involvement event that aims to give fathers a bigger role in their children's education.

Fathers Active in Communities and Education, or FACE, put on this year's rally at the fairgrounds with six school districts participating. Those included students from Alice, Kingsville, Odem-Edroy, Mathis, Corpus Christi and Brooks County.

The organization, founded in 2003 by Alphonso Rincon, has made its goal to give dads the opportunity to do educational activities with their children that they might not otherwise have, often times due to work. However, he added, fathers are also willing to take a personal day or time off work to spend time at school with their kids.

"We realized that if we organize events during the day, those dads are willing to come to them," Rincon said. "In fact, our best programs are during the day. A lot of the dads do have the time, but they don't have a clear picture of how to invest that time."

Alice resident Sammy Soliz, who attended the event with his 13-year-old daughter Ariel, said he enjoys the events the organization puts together. The pair, along with all the other attendees, were tasked with building a mini-car from scratch, using a rubber band, wooden pieces, a small motor and battery, then racing them.

"I like it. You always learn something new when you come here," he said.

For more information on FACE, visit the organization's Web site at