WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative program of the National Center for Fathering focusing on prevention of violence in our nation's schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures for a two-fold purpose:
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® was founded by Jim Moore, a concerned father who chose to take action in response to a 1998 middle-school shooting in Jonesboro, AR. Joined with National Center for Fathering in 2006. WATCH D.O.G.S. ® serves to inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father-figures their students need.
The benefits of the program are many, according to WATCH D.O.G.S. ® National Director, Eric Snow.
Who are WATCH D.O.G.S. ®
(Dads of Great Students)?
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. During the day, WATCH D.O.G.S. ® may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow, mentor students, and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Their mere presence offers additional security at the school during the day! On the day of their participation, the participants are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt or vest with a disposable "Dog Tag" identifying them as WATCH D.O.G.S. ®
The WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program has been recognized by the United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has been involved in the U.S. Department of Education's P.F.I.E (Partnership For Family Involvement In Education). The program has been recognized on the floor of Congress as a program that "can be a great tool in our efforts to prevent school violence and improve student performance because it can increase parental initiative and involvement in their children's education." (Congressional Record, February 7, 2000 page S392)
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® strives to:
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