We have this great program at our elementary school called WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) where Dads volunteer for a full day up at school. It is a national program that was started in 1998, but our school has only been doing it for about three or four years. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Our school has had an exceptional turnout of Dads and have at least one WatchDOGS at school most days of the year. They are like Rock Stars! They have to wear a WatchDOGS shirt or vest so all the kids know they are WatchDOGS. During the day, the Dads have a schedule and basically help out where ever they are needed, with chunks of time set aside to work specifically in their own child's classroom and also patrol the school grounds.
Yesterday, it was Hubby's day and Chip was beyond thrilled. During the morning announcements, they announce over the intercom who the WatchDOGS are for the day. Then the student gets to go meet their Dad in the library for a photo shoot. All the photos of WatchDOGS are posted in the school foyer - it is so cute. They get to have lunch with their Dad and have them come into their class for a part of the day.
Hubby helped out in the Library, worked some PE with the Structured Teach Kids, helped in the Science Lab with a couple of 5th grade classes, had lunch with Chip and then worked lunch room detail, helped Chip's class during Math, picked up recycling paper for Kindergarten and even watered the flowers in the Courtyard. They worked him hard but he loved it. Well, maybe he didn't love opening all the ketchup and mustard during lunch, but he did have fun.
Chip thinks his Dad is super cool and to have him at school all day was just the BOMB! If you don't have this program at your school, you should look into it. The kids love it, the Dads love it and the school benefits from having an extra set of hands to help out. It is a win-win for everyone!