WATCH D.O.G.S. Kicking off the year
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) begins the year with a kick off event. We are having our 3rd annual Pizza Night kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at BES 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM! At the pizza night, dads, step-dads, uncles, granddads, etc. (any male role model) eat pizza with their child. Then, the students are dismissed to another play area and the men listen to a short presentation about the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. After the presentation, the men fill out a background check and sign up on the school calendar to be a WATCH D.O.G.S. participant at BES for an entire day.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is a national program that was started in 1998 at a school in Arkansas. Today there are more than 4,049 school across 46 states who have a WATCH D.O.G.S. program in their school. We launched the program at BES and BIS exactly two years ago. This is the beginning of our third year! Last year we had approximately 75 dads/father figures sign up to be WATCH D.O.G.S. during the school year.
On a typical day, our WATCH D.O.G.S.will:
- greet students as they get to school,
- help with announcements,
- visit 4-5 classrooms to help with small groups, read/work with students or do whatever the teacher may need,
- monitor in the cafeteria during lunch,
- eat with his child during their lunchtime,
- walk the perimeter of the building twice during the day to make sure all doors are locked and the building is secure
- take the WATCH D.O.G.S. end of day survey in the Library
- help get students home safely during dismissal
- mainly just being a positive presence in the school.
It is a busy day and our WATCH D.O.G.S. are usually exhausted when they leave to go home!
Many students do not have father figures in their life. This an opportunity for students to interact with a father figure that is not their teacher. "The biggest impact we have seen is the positive presence of men on our campus. The students LOVE the WATCH D.O.G.S. and some will work for the WATCH D.O.G.S. when we struggle to get them to work for us. Also, many of our students are missing a father figure in the home, so our WATCH D.O.G.S. help build that positive rapport with a male role model. As far as the staff is concerned, we feel much safer and more secure with a male present in our building." - Martha Bock, Principal BES
This entire WATCH D.O.G.S. program is funded by Grayson’s Gift Memorial Fund. Grayson’s Gift is a memorial fund that assist programs in and out of Wise County in memory of Grayson Garrett.
All in all, the experience has been fabulous for everyone involved! We plan to continue the program and hopefully increase the amount of WATCH D.O.G.S. serving our schools each year! To learn more about the program, go to www.fathers.com. If you are interested in participating in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program, just visit either BES or BIS for more information.