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WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are 2 primary goals of the Watch D.O.G.S. ® program.
1) To provide positive male role models forthe students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance schoolsecurity and reduce bullying.
WATCH D.O.G.S.® began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds ofthousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country,creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.
• Students gain positive male role models.
• Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an
additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
• Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex
challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result,they can learn to relate better to their
student and hopefully connect with them.
• Fathers gain a greater awareness ofthe positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
• Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, often teachers are presented with larger classrooms each year. The Watch DOGS volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.
Who are Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)?
Watch DOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® school. During the day, Watch DOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported thatthe mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying.On the day oftheir participation,WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as Watch DOGS.
How do you become a Watch D.O.G.S.?
3. The school will contact you to confirm your date.
Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bell, the school counselor, at email@example.com.