WE WANT YOU !!
This program is open to all Dad’s, Grandpa’s, Uncles, Step-Dad’s, and older Brothers!!
The Alberta Smith PTA feels that a male presence in the school in essential to our students. What better way to encourage this then to join 292 other schools in Virginia pioneering this initiative for male engagement? We want positive male role models in our schools mentoring to not just their child but to all of our students. Research has shown that when fathers are involved, their children learn more, perform better in school and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact. The Education Department is working for fuller recognition and inclusion of fathers in all of their programs because of the huge impact fathers can have on their kids.
What is Watch D.O.G.S.??
WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. This program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer, Corey Hardison, who is partnered with the school to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for Watch D.O.G.S to provide assistance at the school. Watch D.O.G.S. dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.
For more information or to inquire about volunteering for this program please contact Kevin Pond, Watch D.O.G.S Coordinator.
Official WATCH D.O.G.S.® Uniform T-shirts for WatchDOGS and ‘My Hero’ T-shirts for students are available online.
Annual Event Dates TBA