WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is 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.1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.Program Benefits
- Students gain positive male role models.
- 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.If you have any questions please contact one of the Watch DOGS coordinators:Tiffany Braxton, Elementary Counselor Misty Gee, Mentor Coordinator
(903) 984-5320 (903)984-5320 / (903) 984-4767 ext. 419