Watch D.O.G.S. – Dads Making a Difference at Clark County Schools

Published On February 20, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Community, Education, Just For Dads

As a child, I have zero memories of my father coming to my school or taking me to the doctor when I was ill.  If I was invited to a classmate’s birthday party, it was my mother who took me and if I needed encouragement to run for school secretary, it was my mother who supplied it.  My father was a busy man after all and my mother was mostly a homemaker and stay-at-home mom.  Looking back on it as an adult, there are many reasons why I now encourage my husband to be more involved in our children’s lives.

Recently, the Today Show featured a group of special men in West Virginia who participate in their children’s Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) school program.  Watch D.O.G.S., the concept of the National Center For Fathering, is a national program that engages fathers or “father figures” to become involved in their children’s schools.  Whether they are reading a story to a class or providing more security at the school, Watch D.O.G.S. not only volunteer their time and efforts, they also show their children that they care.  It was hard not to tear up when one girl admitted that she didn’t realize her father “loved her a whole lot” until he started the program.  And it’s not just the children who get to see their fathers.  These men can observe their kids in their every day element which gives them more insight to who their sons and daughters really are.  One dad joked that his son appeared to be a “ladies boy”, something he didn’t know before.

Watch D.O.G.S Program at Clark County Schools

According to the National Center For Fathering, currently 46 states (with 2,659 active programs) participate in this program, Nevada being one of them.  My son’s elementary school does have Watch D.O.G.S. and my husband and I are discussing the possibility of him joining.  It would mean so much to our son to know his dad was at his school even if it were just for a day or two.  I agree with the gentleman who stated that studies show children tend do better in school when they have a positive male role model in their lives.  Again, I’m grateful my husband is there for our children and I credit their good grades due to his continuing involvement with their school work and school related activities.

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Does your school have a Watch D.O.G.S. program?  If so, are you or your child’s father a part of the Watch D.O.G.S. program?  If your school doesn’t have the program, would you be interested in getting one?  Tell us your thoughts.

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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