The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering.
The goals of the program are to: 1) Provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important and 2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce the opportunity for bullying.
Watch DOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school.
WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. Fathers and father figures sign up to volunteer through a ‘Launch Event’ such as a “Dads and Kids Pizza Night” or “Donuts with Dad” or by calling SIA any time throughout the school year. The program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer who partners with the school to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WatchDOGS to provide assistance at the school. WatchDOG dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.
What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)?
During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.
All SIA volunteers, including Watch D.O.G.S., are required to clear a simple background check, which can be submitted online HERE.
To learn more about the Watch D.O.G.S. program at SIA,