Ok, that title was really cheesy but I couldn’t help it!
In the spirit of Father’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d post about this awesome program that I recently learned about involving dads and other father-figures. The program is called WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) and it is being used to increase the presence of positive male role models for students as well as enhance school security and reduce bullying. Father-figures (dads, stepdads, uncles, grandfathers, family friends, etc.) are invited to volunteer for at least one full school day. Their volunteer work is with the children so they may welcome students in the morning, help with bus duty, work on flash cards with students, read to students, sit with them in class, play at recess, eat lunch, keep an eye on the hallways, etc.
Schools need a stronger male presence and I think this is a cool way to achieve that! This program, specifically, has been shown to provide an additional deterrent to bullying, increase the presence of father-figures at other school functions, create a safe environment conducive to learning, and teach father-figures how to connect to their own students.
This is a resource that I am glad to have learned about and I can definitely see myself implementing it!