What is Watch D.O.G.S?

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country.  More than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own.  Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering in their local schools.

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’s administration.

You choose the day to volunteer, and the front office will provide a list of things you can help with on that day.  It will probably include spending time in your child’s (or children’s) classroom(s) and lending a helping hand wherever one might be needed.

These men will: 

  • Always wear Official Uniform shirts while they are on official WatchDOG duty.
  • ENCOURAGE STUDENTS! (“Hello’s,” smiles, and high fives, etc.)
  • Serve at the pleasure of the Principal and Teaching Staff!

For example:

  • Help with traffic flow of vehicles and students at arrival and dismissal times
  • Monitor hallways and entrances
  • Assist at lunch, recess, study hall, social times
  • Eat lunch with students
  • Play or referee on the playground or in the gym
  • Read with classes or tutor small groups of students
  • Work with flash cards and/or educational games
  • Speak to classes about importance of education and career choices
  • Be available to mentor male students
  • Help students with test review
  • Be a Hero for the day!

These men should NOT:

  • Go into students’ (girls’ or boys’) restrooms
  • Be alone or unsupervised with students
  • Sell or give their official WATCH D.O.G.S.® T-shirt to someone who isn’t an approved WatchDOGS volunteer.
  • Engage in any conduct that brings disrespect to himself or his student(s), the school and/or the WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program and other volunteering fathers.