We are excited to have the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) Program on our Legacy campus this year. WATCH D.O.G.S is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. The goal of the program is to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. It is also great to have an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security.We kicked off our WATCH D.O.G.S. program back in early October with a Pizza Night. We had 15 dads show up and sign up. To date, we have had the pleasure of 10 different dads be WATCH D.O.G.S with more to come in the near future.
The dads that are on campus wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt so they are easily identified. The days that the students dads are WATCH D.O.G.S., they too can wear their “My Hero” t-shirt. WATCH D.O.G.S. commit an entire day to our campus. Their day typically consists of morning carline duty, monitoring the students as they dismiss to class, reading to classes, helping with Bible class, lunch/recess duty, assist teachers/staff members as needed, afternoon carline, and even some campus maintenance jobs. We’ve even had some dads play “Are you Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?” in Mrs. Hill’s class as they helped the students review for an upcoming test.
One of the initiatives this year was to get dads more involved with our school. So far, this program has proven to be successful. Teachers, staff members and especially the students are super excited to have WATCH D.O.G.S. on campus!
The program has given me the opportunity to be more involved with my daughter’s education. The warmth and support that I receive from the staff makes me feel so appreciated. Seeing fathers work together for the good of their children and the community is just awesome. Being able to share in this experience with my daughter, and the other fathers is truly a blessing. I encourage all fathers to participate in the program, the smiles that we see on the faces of the children is priceless. –WATCH D.O.G. Tom Whitten
Proverbs 22:6 tells us “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” What better way guide our children in the way they should go than to volunteer and spend a day with them at school.
If you are interested in being a WATCH D.O.G.S., please contact Jeana Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org.