WATCH D.O.G.S. Program at MMCA

Calling all Dads out there! Or grandfathers, uncles, adult brothers, or any other father-figures.  We'd like to see you in our classrooms and on our campus. This is our 7th year with Watch D.O.G.S. and each year we have more and more days filled. You'll receive a schedule in the morning that tells you where to be all day...EASY!  Bring a lunch (or order a hot lunch) to eat with your child(ren).  Pick a day that you can take off from work and put in some time with our amazing school of students!  They will make you feel like a rock star!  Questions? Contact Denise Thorman, dthorman@mmcharter.org!

If you have a child in these rooms, please DO NOT sign up for the day of the week listed:

  • Red/Mondays

  • Yellow/Wednesdays and Thursdays

  • Aqua/Fridays

Join us:

WATCH D.O.G.S. Donuts with Dads:

February 2020 - Date TBD

More Information about WATCH D.O.G.S.

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are two primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

WATCH D.O.G.S. began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a national recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process. Today more than 5,348 schools in 47 states plus DC participate in WATCH D.O.G.S. Currently, there are WATCH D.O.G.S. programs in China, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Barbados.

Who Are WatchDOGS?

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WATCHDOGS.

A few words from our MMCA Watch DOGS:
 
"The highlight of my WATCH D.O.G.S.
experience was..."

 

  • Seeing my kids in their classrooms, interacting with their friends, being a part of their day.

  • Doing the Sight Words Packets with a Group of Second & Third Graders.

  • Going into a new classroom this year and meeting different students and teachers.

  • Lunch and recess with my daughters.

  • Getting to see the school my daughter attended, seeing her in her classroom, and seeing the excitement with the little kids by having a WATCHDOG here at the school or in the classroom.

  • Working with the kids in the classroom and helping the teachers for the day.

  • Seeing how the teachers worked and the classroom dynamic so that I better understand my child's daily experience.

  • Playing games and helping kids with their homework.

  • Interacting with all the students. The students were excited to see me and all gave me high fives!

  • I had an amazing experience just being able to interact with all the wonderful students of MMCA and be able to be a part of my child. I got to help out in classrooms, play games with the kids and help keep the school safe.

  • Being able to be a part of my child’s school experience.

  • Spending time with my child at school and being able to help out the staff.

  • Interacting with children in their environment.

  • Getting to know all of the students and staff at the school.

  • Helping the kids with their schoolwork and joking around with them.

  • Spending time in my daughters’ classes.   Playing on the jungle gym.

  • Seeing my children interacting in the school environment.

  • Helping the kids in the classroom.

  • Great experience to see how things run at school.

  • Lunch and watching the kids do their part of clean-up.  Jobs were posted on a board by grade so they knew which jobs to do.

  • Seeing kids of all ages smile as I gave them high fives.

  • Watching my children interact with their colleagues

  • Working with the kids in their classrooms.

  • Getting to see my daughter while volunteering, and getting to help out with the school

  • It was all good. I enjoyed the day.

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