WHAT: WATCH D.O.G.S.® is the safe schools initiative of the National Center for Fathering (www.fathers.com). It was created in response to the Jonesboro, AR school shooting in 1998. Since then, the program has spread to more than 1200 schools in over 36 states.
WHEN: Beginning after all Colorado law enforcement background checks are in and cleared through Mr. Grubbs, we'd want you to plan on volunteering for a full day when it works out with your schedule. Pick a day and contact our coordinator, John Ward to sign up. Plan on being here with your child(ren) from 7:45-3:15!
WHERE: Grandview Elementary, 1583 Grand Avenue Windsor, Colorado 80550
WHY: Fathers and father-figures are invited to sign up to spend one day this year volunteering, serving as a positive male role model and helping increase a sense of security in the building. During their WATCH D.O.G.S.® day, dads will engage in various activities such as welcoming students during arrival, reading to classes, tutoring small groups of students, having fun at recess, or simply sitting down and connecting with students during lunch. They can share about their careers and experiences . . . the possibilities are endless!
· Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) can increase a sense of security at the building for students and staff, and it helps create an environment conducive to learning.
· Students gain a positive male role model. Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years. More positive male role models are needed in the school setting.
· Fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life, just by being a ‘dad’.
· When WatchDOGS invest a day at school, they can learn how better to partner with the school to meet educational goals of students.
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