What is WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students)?
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. Learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S. here.
What are the goals of a WATCH D.O.G.S. program?
- To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
- To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
Who are Watch D.O.G.S. and how does WATCH D.O.G.S. work?
Watch D.O.G.S. 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.
The program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer who partners with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for Watch D.O.G.S. to provide assistance at the school.
Watch D.O.G.S. 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 Watch D.O.G.S. do (while they are at school)?
During the day, Watch D.O.G.S. 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. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a Watch D.O.G.S. dad dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, Watch D.O.G.S. dads are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt.
Will men really spend a full day at school?
Yes! Watch D.O.G.S. has a great track record of bringing fathers and father figures to school for the whole day. While volunteering a day is a sacrifice for these fathers and father figures, once they serve their day they will be glad that they did. In fact, in many cases these fathers and father figures will sign up for more days, both because they had an incredible experience and because it gives them a greater appreciation for what the teachers are doing to educate their child.
How do I become a WatchDOG at Lindsey Elementary?
- Join the Join Lindsey PTA.
- Complete an Allen ISD Volunteer Application.
- Order your Watch D.O.G.S. shirt from the D.O.G.S. Store (Lindsey dads usually wear the t-shirt or polo).
- Schedule your shift on the Watch D.O.G.S. Calendar.
- Complete Watch D.O.G.S. shift on designated day.
- Complete End of Day Survey.