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WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer at the school for at least one day each year. The WATCH D.O.G.S. program is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. 

The program has two primary goals:

  • To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
  • To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security 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 of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country. The program has created millions of hours of "in school" volunteer time and is having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.

We started the WATCH D.O.G.S. program at Red Rocks Elementary during the 2013/2014 school year in February 2014. The 2014/2015 school year was the first full year of the program and realized exceptional participation and success. The program is fully supported by the principal, administration, and teachers and they appreciate you, your presence, and your assistance throughout the school day. And oh ya, the kids love it too! We hope you join the WATCH D.O.G.S.; it's a fun and rewarding day for both you and your kid(s).


 

Program Benefits

  • 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 of the 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. Fathers and father figures (aka WATCH D.O.G.S.) provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE: A Day in the Life of the WATCH D.O.G.S.

Time WATCH D.O.G.S. Activity
7:45 - 8:00 Check-in at the office to receive your official WATCH D.O.G.S.® 'Dog Tag' name tag and uniform T-shirt.
8:00 - 8:45 Assist with student early arrival and front door monitoring.
8:45 - 9:05 Assist with student arrival on the drop off loop - bus and car areas.
9:05 - 9:30 Go to the office for orientation with the WATCH D.O.G.S. school representative. (An announcement will be made of your attendance at school.)
9:30 - 10:15 Volunteer in your child's classroom.
10:15 - 10:30 Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.
10:30 - 11:15 Volunteer in your child's classroom.
11:15 - 12:00 Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.
12:00 - 1:00 During Lunch - Have a photo taken of you and your student(s) for the WATCH D.O.G.S. Wall of Fame. Lunch and recess interaction - we encourage you to eat lunch with your own student(s) and visit with the other students during this time.
1:00 - 1:15 Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.
1:15 - 2:00 Volunteer in your child's classroom.
2:00 - 2:15 Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.
2:15 - 2:45 Volunteer in your child's classroom.
2:45 - 3:00 Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.
3:00 - 3:20 Go to the WATCH D.O.G.S. desk to take the end of day online survey. Call next week's WATCH DOG and remind him of his day.
3:20 - 4:00

Assist with student dismissal and pick-up area.



Additional Resources

For additional information and questions about the Watchdog Dad program at Red Rocks Elementary contact Steve Blue, the WATCH D.O.G.S. program coordinator.

For additional information about the WATCH D.O.G.S. national organization, visit their website at www.fathers.com/watchdogs/.