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School Safety and Volunteer Opportunities

Concept:
When fathers volunteer as hall monitors and school security guards, rates of bullying and school violence drop. In addition to the security that these dads provide, they also serve as invaluable male role models. There is a benefit for dads too—the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community. The intangible benefits alone,
such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment are worthwhile reasons to serve.

When fathers join an organization at their child’s school or Head Start, like the PTA or Policy Council, their child knows that their father cares about how he or she does in school. Getting involved can take on many different forms for different fathers. Even small commitments can have a big impact. Schools can encourage small steps, like chaperoning a trip or working with a teacher on a classroom need.

Example Activities:
  • Fathers can provide assistance as hall monitors or school security.
  • Have someone come in from WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a national program that encourages fathers to volunteer within schools to promote anti‐bullying and school safety.
  • Fathers can coach a team.
  • Helping with school events (i.e., chaperoning an event, serving on a school committee or parent/teacher group, landscaping, construction, etc.).
  • Remind fathers that they can add any volunteer work that they have done to their resume.
  • Before your DTYCTS 2012 event, define and develop ways throughout the upcoming year in which dads can become involved at your school or Head Start.

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