Spencer Elementary WATCH D.O.G.S

Information from our meeting and for becoming a Watch DOG

What are WATCH D.O.G.S.?

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, an 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 essential.

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

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 students but other students as well.

Program Benefits

  • Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing.
  • Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life.
  • Students gain positive male role models.

What does a typical day look like as a Watch DOG?

The schedule for the day varies depending on the number of children you have at Spencer and their grade levels. We do our best to balance time between all your children and utilize you as positive role models for other students as well. Click HERE to see a sample schedule.

Where do I get my Official WatchDOGS t-shirt?

Dads should wear WatchDOG shirts while they are on campus. These are beneficial as they distinguish you as a WatchDOG dad for students and staff. If you do not have a WatchDOG shirt, you can order one directly from the WatchDOG organization website.

Please CLICK HERE to be directed to the WatchDOG online uniform shop.

If you do not have a WatchDOG shirt or are not able to purchase one, we certainly don't want this to detour you from volunteering in this program. We would love to have you join your child(ren) for the day. Please let us know; we can work something out.

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How do I sign up?

There are two steps for signing up.

  • First, complete your volunteer background check through Brighton Area Schools. This must be done annually. Click HERE to complete the background check paperwork.

  • Once your background check is done, you can sign up for a WatchDOG day on the Signup Genius calendar found by clicking HERE
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Confidentiality is Important

Please remember that privacy laws cover all things that you observe in the scope of your role as a WatchDOG or volunteer. Keep this in mind after your service and be mindful of what you share regarding other students.