What is 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. It is a one-of-a-kind, school-based, father-involvement program that works to support education and safety. There are more than 4,704 schools in 46 states participating in the program. 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.  

How Do I Participate?

  •  Fathers and father-figures...BE A HERO to your Fall City Elementary Student! Spend just one day at school this year and see how much fun you can have!  Volunteer your time by signing up HERE TODAY.  A great day to volunteer is your kid(s) birthday(s) AND your own birthday.  Who wants to go to work on their birthday anyway? Sample Schedule
  • Dads are required to complete a background check form PRIOR to their volunteer day. Background check forms can be found in the school office.
  • Dads must wear a Watch D.O.G.S. shirt on each volunteer day, no hats or beanies are allowed. There will be some shirts in the school office to borrow if you forget. Order your t-shirt, polo, sweatshirt, or whatever you prefer from the Dog Store.

How Will Watch D.O.G.S. Support Education and Safety At FCE?

Watch D.O.G.S. will: 

  • Always wear Official Uniform T-shirts while they are on official Watch DOG duty.
  • ENCOURAGE STUDENTS! (with lots of smiles and high fives, etc.)
  • Help with traffic flow of vehicles and students at arrival and dismissal times
  • Monitor hallways and entrances
  • Monitor buildings - inside/outside
  • Assist at lunch
  • Assist at recess, study hall, social times
  • Eat lunch with students
  • Play or referee on the playground or in the gym
  • Read with classes or tutor small groups of students
  • Work with flash cards and/or educational games
  • Actively and positively engage with their student and others
  • Speak to classes about importance of education and career choices
  • Be available to mentor male students
  • Be chaperones on field trips and away games/activities
  • Assist coaches and activity sponsors
  • Help students with test review
  • Support fine arts classes (i.e. band, choir, art, yearbook, etc.) with your presence

        and/or experience

  • Smile and be a hero for a day!

These men should NOT:

  • Go into students’ (girls’ or boys’) restrooms
  • Be alone or unsupervised with students
  • Espouse political or religious beliefs to students
  • Engage in any conduct that brings disrespect to himself or his student(s), the school and/or the Watch D.O.G.S.® Program and other volunteering fathers.


For more information on the Watch D.O.G.S. program, check out All About Watch DOGS, visit the Watch D.O.G.S. website or contact Lori KissickJeff Kissick, or Brandon Winder.