WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. More than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering in their local schools.
Who are WatchDOGS?
Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school’s administration.
You choose the day to volunteer, and the front office will provide a list of things you can help with on that day. It will probably include spending time in your child’s (or children’s) classroom(s) and lending a helping hand wherever one might be needed.
These men will:
Always wear Official Uniform shirts while they are on official WatchDOG duty.
ENCOURAGE STUDENTS! (“Hello’s,” smiles, and high fives, etc.)
Serve at the pleasure of the Principal and Teaching Staff!
Help with traffic flow of vehicles and students at arrival and dismissal times
Monitor hallways and entrances
Assist at lunch, recess, study hall, social times
Eat lunch with students
Play or referee on the playground or in the gym
Read with classes or tutor small groups of students
Work with flash cards and/or educational games
Speak to classes about importance of education and career choices
Be available to mentor male students
Help students with test review
Be a Hero for the day!
These men should NOT:
Go into students’ (girls’ or boys’) restrooms
Be alone or unsupervised with students
Sell or give their official WATCH D.O.G.S.® T-shirt to someone who isn’t an approved WatchDOGS volunteer.
Engage in any conduct that brings disrespect to himself or his student(s), the school and/or the WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program and other volunteering fathers.