What is Watch DOGS & How Does it Work?
WatchDOGS stands for Dads of Great Students, a national nonprofit program affiliated with WatchDOGS Across America. The purpose of the program is simple - to bring more male volunteers into our schools. WatchDOGS are fathers, step-fathers, uncles, grandfathers, or other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in our school. To read more, go to www.fathers.com.
A Typical Day
Our WatchDOGS arrive at 9:00 am in the morning. WatchDOGS wear a vest so they are easily recognized in the building and their children wear a sticker telling everyone that their Dad is today's WatchDOG. A Dad's day begins greeting students as they arrive and assisting in the drop-off lane or by the bus loop. After a brief orientation, WatchDOGS receive a detailed schedule for the day. We keep Dads busy in classrooms, working with small groups of students, helping teachers with specials projects and many other things. WatchDOGS hang out in the cafeteria with the students, enjoy lunch with their own children, and spend time at recess getting to know the kids and joining in on a game of basketball or four square. The day ends around 4 pm with a program survey, a reminder call to the next WatchDOG dad, and saying goodbye to students. It is a busy but very rewarding day.
How can you get involved in Watch DOGS at Summit View Elementary?
We will be inviting fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at Summit View during the school year. Individuals sign up at a kick-off event such as a “Dads and Kids Pizza Night” or “Donuts with Dad” or in the office at any time throughout the school year. WatchDOG 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, playing with the kids at recess or helping in the classroom with a teacher's guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling. Fathers report "feeling like rock stars" when students line up to give high-fives on the playground or in the lunchroom. Teachers enjoy the extra set of hands in the classroom. We all love the energy and enthusiasm our Dads bring with them - These role models make a big impact!
We are looking for 5-10 Dads that would be willing to be TOP DOGS & a member of our inaugural team to kick off this program at Summit View! Ideally, we would love 2 dads per grade to be on our team. As a TOP DOG Team member, we will be responsible for generating excitement about Watch DOGS at SVE, recruiting dads to volunteer a day at their child's school & helping plan events to inspire, educate and motivate dads to get involved - this is a huge component to making this successful at our school. Your excitement for the program will be contagious where other dads will want to get involved & participate, as well.
More information coming soon!