SPOKANE, Wash. – A national program is bringing more men into a place where they are currently underrepresented: elementary schools.
The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program is in its second year at Spokane’s Roosevelt Elementary School. The day begins with volunteer dads getting their photo taken with their kids, but the program is much more than a photo opportunity and visiting their kids at school.
The program’s coordinator, Ken Peterson, is a volunteer himself. Every school day, he delivers a full schedule to the volunteer dads. Each one is booked solid from the starting bell to the final bell. The dads help in classrooms, not just their own child’s, but other classes where teachers have requested some help. They also work in the lunchroom, they’re on recess duty, and they patrol the halls for anything out of place.
The school’s goal is to have one Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer every day of the school year. So far, the school is booked through October.