Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center For Fathering. Inspired by one father's desire to increase male involvement in his children's school and with the help of the schools teachers and administration, WATCH D.O.G.S. was created in 1998 at George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Since then, the program has spread to more than 2276 schools in over 41 states and other countries abroad. Levi Fry received funds from TCISD Foundation for the Future and the Levi Fry PTO to support this program.
Studies by the U.S. Department of Education have demonstrated that a positive adult male role model will have a uniquely positive impact on the development and educational success of a child. Dramatically increasing the child's likelihood of graduating and getting mostly A's along the way, while at the same time, dramatically decreasing the likelihood of that child living in poverty, getting involved with drugs and alcohol, and avoiding potentially devastating choices that result in a criminal record. The U.S. Department of Education has identified Watch D.O.G.S. program as an effective way to increase male involvement in our nation's schools.
Each school year thousands of men volunteer to work at least one day in their child's school through the Watch D.O.G.S. program. These men work along side the educators to help as crossing guards, car/bus rider facilitators, hallway monitors, library assistants, lunchroom helpers, classroom and homework tutors and physical education coaches. The possibilities are endless! Every school year these men have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids.
- Students gain a positive male role model. Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years. More positive male role models are needed in the school setting.
- Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of Watch D.O.G.S. can increase a sense of security at the building for students and staff, and it helps create an environment conducive to learning.
- Fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student's life, just by being a "dad".
- When Watch D.O.G.S. invest a day at school, they can learn how better to partner with the school to meet educational goals of the students.
Watch D.O.G.S. has been recognized by:
- The White House Summit on School Safety
- The U.S. Department of Education's P.F.I.E. (Partnership for Family Involvement in Education)
- The National PTA
Want to join the Watch D.O.G.S. program?
Please complete the following:
- Fill out the Watch D.O.G.S. Registration Form
- Fill out the TCISD Volunteer Application (TCISD Requirement)
- Fax: 409-916-0696 or
- Mail the Application form to:
Levi Fry Intermediate
300 25th Avenue N.
Texas City, TX 77590
- Or just drop the Application off in the front office.
- Want to purchase a Watch D.O.G.S. t-shirt? Please complete the Order Form and return to the front office.
Already joined and need to sign up for a date at Levi Fry Intermediate? Please use
volunteer spot (online calendar) or contact Vincent Lawrence for available dates.
Watch D.O.G.S. in the news!
"It's good to see the program has gained momentum, and more fathers are being involved in assisting in our children's education. I would encourage all fathers to take time away from work to connect with the students and staff, as there can never be too many eyes looking out for our children." – Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer Kevin Martinez