WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great
an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center
For Fathering. There are 2 primary goals of the 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.
- Students gain positive male role
- Schools gain an extra set of eyes and
ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional
deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will
help to create an environment conducive to learning.
- Fathers get a glimpse of their
students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges
and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate
better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
- Fathers gain a greater awareness of
the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical
areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
Who are Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students)?
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. During the day, Watch DOGS 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 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 DOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their
participation, Watch DOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and
they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt.
How to become a Watch DOG?
If you are
interested in becoming a Watch DOG at Sabine Elementary, please print and
complete the Watch DOGS Packet and return to the elementary office.
you have any questions please contact one of the Watch DOGS coordinators:
Braxton, Elementary Counselor Misty
Gee, Mentor Coordinator
/ (903) 984-4767 ext. 419