Willard seeks WATCH D.O.G.S. | Community Spirit
Willard Elementary is looking for a few good men to join their WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad of Great Students aims to have at least one father figure in the school every day this school year.
“It's about bringing positive male role models into the schools,” said Jody Budge, WATCH D.O.G.S. Coordinator at Willard. The program is a national effort by the National Center for Fathering and has dads and other father figures in 3,156 school in 46 states. Willard is one of two schools in Spokane with the program.
The goal of WATCH D.O.G.S. Is to provide a positive role models for students by using their presence to show that education is important. The dads are also there to provide an extra set of eyes for security and to reduce bullying. At Willard, D.O.G.S. Volunteers help out all day by monitoring hallways and the playground, providing lunchroom assistance, and lending a hand with reading, flashcards and tutoring.
“I cannot believe the gentlemen that have stepped forward to volunteer,” said Budge, adding that often students see lots of women volunteering and it's not common to see dads, uncles, grandpas and other father figures in the classrooms and hallways.
Willard hopes to have WATCH D.O.G.S. in the school every day during the 2013-2014 year. The school is holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 6pm. If you'd like to volunteer but are unable to attend the meeting you can find more information on WATCH D.O.G.S. at Willard and a volunteer sign up at the school's website.