WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative program focusing on the prevention of violence in our children’s schools by using the positive influence of fathers. Our mission is to provide an unobtrusive security presence, and to provide a positive and active role-model for children at Richland Elementary.
WatchD.O.G.S. is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that was founded by Jim Moore, a concerned father who chose to take action in response to a 1998 middle-school shooting in Jonesboro, AR. Moore wanted to help prevent violence from occurring at his children’s school or at any school. The first program was launched at George Elementary in Springdale, AR, the school of Moore’s oldest child. Today, more than 3,100 programs in 48 states and New Zealand participate in WatchDOGS.
WatchD.O.G.S. volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of 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.
If you are unable to spend an entire day, perhaps you can spare a morning or afternoon. Any of the activities that a WatchDOG does throughout a DOG day can be done individually. The WatchD.O.G.S. are also instrumental in many of the special events that are held at Richland Elementary by providing a watchful presence to cooking and grilling out. These events are an excellent way for fathers to act as WatchDOGS if they are unable to spend a day at school.
The Richland WatchD.O.G.S. are coordinated by Brian Warmbrod.