Watch D.O.G.S.


Atchison Elementary School is beginning a father involvement program called WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students). WATCH D.O.G.S. is the father involvement initiative of the National Center For Fathering. Inspired by one father's desire to increase male involvement in his children's school and with the help of the schools teachers and administration, WATCH D.O.G.S. was created in 1998 at George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Since then, the program has spread to more than 3,081 schools in over 46 states.

Studies by the U.S. Department of Education have demonstrated that a positive adult male role model will have a uniquely positive impact on the development and educational success of a child. Dramatically increasing the child's likelihood of graduating and getting mostly A's along the way, while at the same time dramatically decreasing the likelihood of that child living in poverty, getting involved with drugs and alcohol, and avoiding potentially devastating choices. The U.S. Department of Education has identified the WATCH D.O.G.S. program as an effective way to increase male involvement in our nation's schools.

Each school year thousands of men volunteer to work at least one day in their child's school through the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. These men work along side the educators to help as car/bus rider facilitators, hallway monitors, library assistants, lunchroom helpers, classroom and homework tutors, and playground/gym coaches. The possibilities are endless. Every school year these men have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousand of kids.

Atchison Elementary WATCH D.O.G.S are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities.

For more information on the WATCH D.O.G.S program at Atchison Elementary School,  email

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