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WATCH D.O.G.S.

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WATCH D.O.G.S. is a program of the National Center for Fathering focusing on prevention of violence in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide an unobtrusive presence in the schools, and to be a positive role-model for students.

Through WATCH D.O.G.S. participation: 

  • Schools get an enhanced sense of security at their buildings, creating an environment conducive to learning. 
  • Students gain positive male role models, including students without such role models. 
  • Fathers learn about the complex challenges facing today’s youth. 
  • Fathers gain awareness of the positive impact they can have on a student’s academic performance, self esteem, and social behavior. 
  • WATCH D.O.G.S. is for fathers and father-figures who volunteer at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, WATCH D.O.G.S may read with students, eat lunch with them, watch school entrances and hallways, mentor students, and any other assigned activities. 

Learn more about our program at the national WATCH D.O.G.S. website.

What do the WATCH D.O.G.S. do?

We do many things!! On a given day we may:

  • Help with traffic at student drop-off area in am and/or pm
  • Participate in class activities (reading with students, working with a small group for a math game, go with class to specials like  PE, music, and library)
  • Play with students at recess
  • Patrol the hallways
  • Help out with Kid’s Cook

Join the Watch D.O.G.S.

Volunteer Any Day

If you're interested in volunteering with us, come to the parent room any morning, and check in with our parent liaison for a brief orientation and schedule. We'll get you a Watch D.O.G. tee-shirt to wear and give you a volunteer task for the day. 

Since Watchdogs are never alone with students, no fingerprinting or a background check is required.

 

Fall Kick-Off Event

We have a kick-off event in the fall where fathers can come learn about the program, meet other dads and sign up for a day or more on our yearlong calendar. Watch this space for news about our Fall 2012 event.