Watch D.O.G.S.

Watch DOGS

Watch D.O.G.S.

When it comes to volunteering in schools, moms have traditionally taken the lead. “Maybe that was okay fifty years ago, but it’s not okay today,” said Eric Snow, founder of Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). “Dads are important partners in their children’s learning.”

WatchDOGS has taken a “manly” approach to inviting men into their schools. It’s not bake sales or craft fairs, either! The men volunteer to spend just one day or more during the school year as an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security.

Each volunteer is given a detailed agenda that generally involves making sure kids get to class safely, watching school perimeters, playing with the kids at recess, visiting some classes and helping children leave at the end of the day.

“You aren’t just some guy walking around the school. You wear an official t-shirt, and the school announces you to the kids so that they know you’re someone’s dad and you’re there to help,” said Ryan Kirkpatrick, a WatchDOG participant at Heritage Elementary in Edmond. “My daughter absolutely loves knowing I’m in the school, even though I’m not with her the whole time.”

Being that “presence