WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National
Center For Fathering. It began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation’s classrooms
and hallways. WATCH D.O.G.S. ® has created millions of “in school” volunteer hours and continues to have a
tremendously positive impact on the educational process. Today more than 2,276 schools in 41 states plus
Washington D.C. participate in WATCH D.O.G.S.
- 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.
How WATCH D.O.G.S.® Works
WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer
at least one day all day at their child’s/student's school during the school year. Individuals signed up at a kick-off
event this past fall, “Dads and Kids Pizza Night”. It's not to late to join - sign up in the office at any time throughout the school year! The program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer who partners with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WATCH D.O.G.S. to provide assistance at the school. Volunteers perform a
variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher's guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.