WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is the safe schools initiative of the National Center for Fathering. It was created in response to the Jonesboro, AR school shooting in 1998. Since then, the program has spread to more than 800 schools in over 30 states. For more information go towww.fathers.com/watchdogs.
During a father's/father-figure's day, dads will engage in various activities such as welcoming students during arrival, reading to classes, tutoring small groups of students, having fun at recess, or simply sitting down and connecting with students during lunch. They can share about their careers and experiences...the possibilities are endless!
* Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of WatchDOGS can increase a sense of security at the building for students and staff, and it helps create an environment conducive to learning.
* Students gain a positive male role model. Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years. More positive male role models are needed in the school setting.
* Fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student's life, just by being a "dad".
* When WatchDOGS invest a day at school, they can learn how to better partner with the school to meet educational goals of students.
If you would like more information on the WatchDOGS program for a certain school, please contact a Building Secretary at the appropriate school.