What is WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students)?
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative. Learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S. here.
What are the goals of a WATCH D.O.G.S. program?
1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
Who are WatchDOGS and how does WATCH D.O.G.S. work?
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school.
WatchDOGS can volunteer to help in their children's classrooms from 1 day a year (shared between each of their children's classes) up to 1 day per half year per child.
What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)?
During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. They may also assist in small group instruction in classrooms, help teachers prepare materials for students, or help students practice newly acquired skills.
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.
What is Hillcrest committing to its WatchDOGS?
A week before your signed up volunteer date, Hillcrest will remind you of your volunteer date. Hillcrest will also notify your child or children's teachers that you will be volunteering so they can plan for ways you can help in the classroom.
Please sign up at least 1 week before the day you would like to volunteer as a Watch DOGS.
On your WatchDOGS day the school will provide you and your student(s) with a WatchDOGS t-shirt to wear during the school day.
What are WatchDOGS committing to?
WatchDOGS are committing be present in the school on their volunteer day, they will help their student(s) greet children that day, be present in the classroom helping teachers in the classroom and being a good example to the students that you value their education.