We are proud to present our new partnership with WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students). The CCS Dads and Kids’ Pizza Night launch event will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 6:00–8:00 PM in the CCS junior high gym. If you are a dad who is interested, please RSVP.
The WATCH D.O.G.S. program was created by a group of parents and educators in a single school in 1998 and has since grown to be one of the largest and most respected family and community engagement initiatives in the country. Each year thousands of schools across the country utilize the WATCH D.O.G.S. program to reach out to the fathers and father figures of their students, inviting those men to take at least one full day off work during the school year and spend that entire day volunteering in their child’s school.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is a family and community engagement educational initiative. There are two primary goals of the program:
WATCH D.O.G.S. is a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process..
• Students gain positive male role models.
• Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and help create an environment conducive to learning.
• Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions that today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their students and hopefully connect with them.
• Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their students’ lives in three critical areas: academic performance, self-esteem, and social behavior.
• Because of budget shortfalls and cutbacks, teachers often are presented with larger classrooms of students each year. The WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.
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. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow, and do any other assigned activities in which they actively engage with not only their own students but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS 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” that identifies them as a WatchDOG.
CCS is looking for volunteers to assist in managing the program. If you would like to help with the launch, management, and ongoing success of the program in your school or have questions about the volunteer requirements, please reach out to your child’s principal!
The WATCH D.O.G.S. program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has been involved in the U.S. Department of Education’s P.F.I.E. (Partnership for Family Involvement in Education) and the department’s Safe School Summit. The WATCH D.O.G.S. program is a founding member of National PTA’s M.O.R.E. (Men Organized to Raise Engagement) Alliance. The WATCH D.O.G.S. program was featured on ABC’s World News Tonight with Charles Gibson in their “Spirit of America” segment on November 17, 2008; on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams on September 12, 2012; and on NBC’s The Today Show, which aired February 11, 2013. Also, the program has been recognized on the floor of Congress as a program that “can be a great tool in our efforts to prevent school violence and improve student performance because it can increase parental initiative and involvement in their children’s education” (Congressional Record, February 7, 2000, page S392). WATCH D.O.G.S. has been endorsed by the President’s Advisory Council and included in the March 2010 report to the president. In June 2011, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited a local WATCH D.O.G.S. program in the D.C. area to get a firsthand glimpse of the program and to encourage fathers and father figures to become more active in the educational system.