WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering. The WatchDOGS program organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for students and to enhance school security. Today, more than 2276 active programs in 41 states participate in the WatchDOGS program.
Who are WatchDOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.
At participating schools, 96% of dads who completed their end-of-day survey strongly agreed their experience as a WatchDOGS volunteer was rewarding and they would want to do something like this again.
WatchDOGS Program at Hollywood Hill Elementary
- We are in the process of reshaping how the WatchDOGS program is implemented at Hollywood Hill, with the goal to relaunch the program mid-year. To that end, we are asking for interested dads to participate in a task force to brainstorm ways to recruit more participants, as well as how to utilize dads as volunteers at the school to achieve the greatest benefit for the students and staff. Please contact JoAnn Todd (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Scott McNeill (email@example.com) if you would like to participate or if you have any feedback or suggestions.
- NOTE: All volunteers including WatchDOGS are required to have the following completed before your first volunteer session:
- A current (within the last 2 years) Washington State Patrol background check on file in the school office.
- Attend a volunteer training session at the school (dates to be announced).
- For general information on the WatchDOGS program, visit: http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs
WatchDOGS Coordinator – Sue Sweeney (firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-408-4700)