WATCH D.O.G.S. is a program of the National Center for Fathering focusing on prevention of violence in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide an unobtrusive presence in the school, and to be a positive role-model for students.
Christie Elementary has around 800 students some of whom are without a positive male influence in their lives. It’s important that we provide that positive influence every single day of the academic school year through active participation. Just one day of your time means more to the students than you may realize.
Through WATCH D.O.G.S. participation:
- Schools get an enhanced sense of security at their buildings, creating an environment conducive to learning.
- Students gain positive male role models, including students without such role models.
- Fathers learn about the complex challenges facing today’s youth.
- Fathers gain awareness of the positive impact they can have on a student’s academic performance, self-esteem, and social behavior.
- WATCH D.O.G.S. is for fathers and father-figures who volunteer at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, WATCH D.O.G.S may read with students, eat lunch with them, monitor school entrances and hallways, mentor students, and any other assigned activities.
The first step to being a WATCH D.O.G.S. is to complete the PISD volunteer background check and be cleared to volunteer. You may fill out the Online Volunteer Background Check on the PISD website.
Next email firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll be setup with a coordinator to determine which day works best for you.
Please watch some of these videos regarding the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.