Why is it so important to have 'Dads' engaged?
“As we work to drive down drop-out rates and increase graduation and college completion rates, fathers have an important role to play...children are always watching. Engaged fathers can strengthen our schools, mentor and tutor students and demonstrate through their actions how much they value their children’s education.”
-Arne Duncan, U.S. Dept. of Ed. Secretary of Ed.
What are Dads saying about the program?
"My favorite part of the day is seeing how excited not just my own kids were that I was in their class, but all the kids. I learned that even kids that you don’t know really want you to be a part of their day. This can be anything from helping them with classroom work, to playing with them at recess or P.E. Being a Watch Dog also opened my eyes to just how valuable our teachers are. I know I don’t have anywhere near the patience it takes to put up with and deal with everything they do on a daily basis! I would absolutely volunteer again because between managing the bank, farming, and all the volunteer hours – I love being able to put all that aside and be a part of my kids' day at school."
"My favorite part of the day is the excitement I see in my son when he knows I am coming to his school to spend some time with him. It is also being in his classroom and seeing what he does during the day that helped me connect with him better at home, and have better talks with him about his day at school. As a parent you always want the best for your kid, so for me it was seeing and learning that he was not just a kid in the corner of the room blending in. He truly was happy and excited at school, and truly loved school. I look forward to being a Watch Dog yearly. It is a special time when my son gets so excited that I am hanging out with him at school. Walking into the classroom and getting introduced as a Watch Dog and seeing my son's face light up telling his friends that I am his dad is priceless."
- Troy Thams