Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a nationally recognized, non-profit, father involvement initiative under the direction of the National Center for Fathering. The program encourages dads, grandfathers, uncles, and other father figures to become more involved in schools. The men who volunteer serve as positive male role models for our students while enhancing our security. Volunteers commit to helping at least one entire school day each year. On their day of participation, Watch D.O.G.S. report to the school office wearing their Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirts so that they are easily identifiable.

Volunteers spend their day helping with morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, reading with students, working on flashcards, playing at recess, eating lunch with students, and monitoring entrances and hallways. They have scheduled time to be with their kids, but they spend most of their day mentoring others.

Program Goals

  • Raise the banner of positive fathering through the forum of schools across America and the world.

  • Awaken fathers to the values and benefits of committed fathering.

  • Change culture by where every student has a father or father figure to connect positively at school.

  • Positively impact every school in America by the committed involvement of fathers and father figures in their student's life.

Program Benefits

  • Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. A father or father figure enhances a sense of security for students and staff and helps create an environment conducive to learning.

  • Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth face. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.

  • Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they have on their student’s life in three critical areas, including academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.

  • Students gain a positive male role model. Many students do not have a father figure present in their home, and these students benefit when a positive male role model is involved.

If you have any questions about the Watch D.O.G.S. program, contact Michael Ball at hilltoptopdog@gmail.com.