What is the Watch D.O.G.S.® Program?

What is the Watch D.O.G.S.® Program?

August 24 2022

WATCH D.O.G.S.® 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 K-12 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. The mission of WatchDOGS is to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important, as well as an extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. 

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer for at least one day each school year at an official WatchDOGS school. Fathers and father figures sign up to volunteer through a ‘Launch Event’ such as a “Dads and Kids Pizza Night” or “Donuts with Dad” or by calling their child’s school any time throughout the school year. The program is overseen by a “Top Dogs” volunteer team who partners with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WatchDOGS to assist at the school. WatchDOG dads and 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.

Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dad dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOG dads are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as a WatchDOG.  
Interested in becoming a WatchDOG at your child's school? Check your child's school website to see if they already have a program you can join! If they don't have one, start one! Learn more about how you can bring WatchDOGS to your child's school by visiting this website.

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