Florence school implements WATCH D.O.G.S. Program

Source: Southside Middle School
Source: Southside Middle School

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) Southside Middle School in Florence is taking initiative to help fathers spend more time with their children.

On January 15 the middle school will kick off their WATCH D.O.G.S. Program with a Dads and Kids' Pizza Night in their cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

One in four working dads spend less than one hour with their kids each day and 42 percent of dads spend less than two hours each day, according to a 2009 survey by Careerbuilder.com.

The WATCH D.O.G.S. Program, standing for Dads Of Great Students, is dedicated to getting more fathers to volunteer and become more involved in their child's education.

A 2009 survey from the National Center for Fathering and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) indicated that only 32 percent of fathers ever visited their child's classroom and only 54 percent volunteered at their school. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a program working to change these statistics by making the presence of fathers a norm in schools.

As part of WATCH D.O.G.S., each year thousands of men volunteer to work at least one day in their child's school. To volunteer, men can spend time as crossing guards, car/bus rider facilitators, hallway monitors, library assistants, lunchroom helpers, classroom and homework tutors, playground/gym coaches and much more.

Adult male role models will positively impact the development and educational success of a child. Having role models in schools help increase the child's likelihood of graduating with mostly A's, decrease the child's chances of living in poverty, or becoming involved with drugs and alcohol and helps to keep them from developing a criminal record or teen pregnancy, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Education.

WATCH D.O.G.S. was created in 1998 at George Elementary in Springdale, Ariz. after a father wanted to increase male involvement in his children's school. Since its creation the father involvement program has spread throughout the United States and into other countries.

To learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S. call 1-888-540-3647 or visit their website.

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