Houston Dad Learns Valuable Lessons Volunteering at School is a good post over at Education Week about a group emphasizing getting fathers involved in schools.
Here’s an excerpt:
Watch D.O.G.S. is a K-12 father-engagement initiative run by the National Center for Fathering in Kansas City, Mo. Two fathers in Springdale, Ark., founded the program following the tragic school shootings at a Jonesboro, Ark., middle school in 1998 that left four students and one teacher dead.
Watch D.O.G.S. fathers must commit to volunteer all day at their child’s school. From greeting the students in the morning and reading the announcements to assisting teachers in the classroom, dads are assigned a variety of tasks all over campus and not just with their own child.
The program’s goals are deceivingly simple but meaningful:
Provide students with positive male role models who emphasize the importance of education.
Give schools volunteers who can assist with creating a culture of increased security.
I’ve written a couple of previous posts related to the same topic: