WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. In 1998, the very first WATCH D.O.G.S. program launched at Gene George Elementary in Springdale, Arkansas. Today, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program.
Who are Watch D.O.G.S
Watch D.O.G.S. are a diverse group of men interested in being more involved in their student's education. Any student's father, grandfather, step-father, uncle, adult brother, or other father-figure interested in being a positive male role model should consider becoming a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer. In order to qualify to volunteer, one must be over the age of 18 and have completed the IL Texas VIPS volunteer application and background check for the current school year. Our goal for each volunteer is to serve at least one day in the school year.
What Watch D.O.G.S do
On their day of participation, Watch D.O.G.S. report to the school office wearing their official Watch D.O.G.S. uniform t-shirt (purchased beforehand from Online DogStore). At check-in, he receives a brief orientation and personalized schedule for the day. Our goal is to provide each volunteer with an opportunity to interact not only with their kid's classes, but with all grade levels. Examples of activities may include: assisting with arrival and dismissal, monitoring the lunch room, helping in the classroom with a teacher's guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards or spelling, or helping in performance coaching or specials (music, art, and Chinese).