Watch D.O.G.S.

The Danby-Rush Tower Middle school in the Jefferson R-VII School District implemented the Watch D.O.G.S. program during the 2008-2009 school year.   Watch D.O.G.S. is a K-12 program that makes it easy for fathers (or father figures) to spend meaningful time with their children in a school setting.

Watch D.O.G.S. was designed to encourage dads and other male role models to get more involved in their children's education, starting with spending a day volunteering at school.  Administrators who use the program said that once dads get in the building, they often continue to volunteer and attend other school functions such as parent conferences, award nights, and PTO meetings.  They also report more positive school climates and improvement in student behavior.

The Watch D.O.G.S. program evolved out of one father's concern about school safety after the 1998 shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Jim Moore, founder, decided he wanted to prevent that type of tradgedy at his child's school or any other school, by getting more men into the school buildings.  About 500 schools nationwide are now participating in the program.

When a Watch D.O.G. comes to volunteer in school, he receives a t-shirt or vest, dog tags, attends a brief orientation, is handed a detailed agenda for the day, and is announced to the school.  This agenda may include reading and working on flash cards with students, playing at recess, eating lunch with students, watching the school entrances and hallways, assisting with traffic flow, mentoring students, or any other assigned activity where they actively engage with not only their child, but other children as well.  Their mere presence offers additional security at the school while providing a positive male role model for the students who may not have a father-figure present in their home.

We are very pleased to be able to offer this program in Plattin Primary, Telegraph Intermediate, and Danby-Rush Tower Middle schools and hope that once fathers become involved they will gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on children's lives.

Watch D.O.G.S. Links

National Watch D.O.G.S.
Contact Mrs Holdinghausen