We are so excited for our first year to have WatchDOGS at Summit View! Let me tell you, the DOGS have come running and the response has been amazing! Fathers report “feeling like rockstars” when students line up to give high-fives on the playground or in the lunchroom. Teachers enjoy the extra set of hands in the classroom. We all love the energy and enthusiasm our Dads bring with them. These role models make a big impact.
What is the Watch D.O.G.S. program?
The Watch D.O.G.S. program is affiliated with WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) Across America. To read more, go to www.fathers.com. The purpose of the program is simple – to bring more male volunteers into our schools. WatchDOGS are fathers, step-fathers, uncles, grandfathers, or other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in our school.
A Typical Day
Our WatchDOGs arrive at 8:00 am in the morning. WatchDOGS wear a special tshirt & name tag so they are easily recognized in the building and their children wear a sticker telling everyone that their Dad is today’s WatchDOG. A Dad’s day begins greeting students as they arrive and assisting in the drop-off lane or by the bus loop. After a brief orientation, WatchDOGS receive a detailed schedule for the day. We keep Dads busy in classrooms, working with small groups of students, helping teachers with specials projects and many other things. WatchDOGs hang out in the cafeteria with the students, enjoy lunch with their own children, and spend time at recess getting to know the kids and joining in on a game of basketball or four square. The day ends at 3:30pm saying goodbye to all the students. It is a busy, but very rewarding day.