What is Watch D.O.G.S?
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative
father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For
Fathering. There are two 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.
WATCH D.O.G.S. began in 1998 in a single school in
Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a national recognized program
that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the
school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours
of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the
educational process. Today more than 4,049 schools in 46 states plus DC participate
in WATCH D.O.G.S. Currently, there are WATCH D.O.G.S. programs in China,
Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Barbados.
Who Are Watch D.O.G.S.?
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 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. If you would like more information about the program,
contact Vanessa Deis, Special Education teacher phone #816-858-2167 or at
How Can You Get Started?
Please sign up for Watch Dogs!
Call the Rising Star office at 816-858-2167 and mention that you interested in volunteering to be a WatchDog! You will be contacted to set up a time to volunteer. It's that easy!
Where Do You Order a T-shirt?
What about lunch for the day?
There are two options for lunch:
- bring your lunch and store it in the refrigerator in the teacher's lounge
- school lunch may be purchased for $2.25 (Dads won't be able to charge lunch to their child's account)