Watch D.O.G.S. Program Launches in Metro Schools
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A national program aimed at getting more fathers and male volunteers involved in schools has launched in Nashville.
The non-profit group is called Watch D.O.G.S. or "Dads of Great Students."
Representatives from 40 Metro schools as well as several parents showed up at Bridgestone Arena Thursday night to learn more about the program. The Watch D.O.G.S. executive director said the event marked the program's largest launch ever.
If a school decides to participate in the program, a designated "TOP dog" volunteer works with school administrators to identify ways other volunteers can help. Fathers and other male volunteers will spend a full day in the school doing everything from helping teachers to monitoring the lunch room.
Program leaders say simply placing more adult male role models in schools can make a big difference.
"Study after study has demonstrated a child who has a positive male role model actively engaged in their life is twice as likely to graduate as a child who doesn't," said Eric Snow, Executive Director of Watch D.O.G.S.
Watch D.O.G.S. programs are currently going on in 54 schools in Tennessee, as well as 46 other states.
For more information on to get your school involved, or become a volunteer, you can visit the Watch D.O.G.S. website at www.fathers.com/watchdogs.