Watchdog Dad Schedule
Since the Brandon program launched, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from all stakeholders. Principal Karen Evans and the faculty backed us from the outset. After their service date, fathers express newfound appreciation for the challenges that teachers must manage each day, and a better sense of how to support their child and Brandon. As one father wrote, "The most valuable part for me was simply seeing first-hand what my son experiences in a typical day at school, and being with him." You, too, can share that experience with your child and contribute to the continued success of Morris Brandon. For more information or to sign up, please contact us at email@example.com. Within your email, please request a
date(s) you are available and include the campus and the name of your child's teacher. Thanks for your interest.
Valerie and Scott Wooley
Watchdog Dads Make a Difference at Morris Brandon
Morris Brandon's Watchdog Dads program creates volunteer opportunities specifically targeted for fathers (or a grandfather/uncle/big brother/mentor). For the first time, we will open this program on both the Main Campus and the New Primary Center. Twice the dads, twice the impact!
The purpose of Watchdog Dads is simple - To provide an adult male volunteer every school day. A typical day for a Watchdog Dad includes: serving as a crossing guard before & after school; patrolling hallways and campus grounds (ensuring all entrances are secure); assisting teachers with their in-class activities; mentoring students as requested by a teacher; eating in the cafeteria with his son or daughter and their classmates
The logistics of the program are simple. A Watchdog Dad wears a bright orange vest emblazoned with the Morris Brandon logo to make him easily identifiable. His son or daughter gets to wear a special sticker for the day (an item that has quickly become a prized possession). The school's receptionist serves as the Dad's contact for the day, and she assembles a list of odd jobs that Dads can perform as well as teacher requests for a Dad's time.
The program is affiliated with WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) Across America, an organization created six years ago in the wake of the school shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Founder Jim Moore started the program in his son's school with two objectives: To provide an extra, unobtrusive security presence on campus, and to inject a positive adult male role model in the school environment. The daily presence of fathers in the school sends a powerful unspoken message to students that Dads make their education a priority. Today, WatchDOGS serves more than 400 schools in 30 states, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Partnership For Family Involvement In Education has recognized it. (For more info, visit www.watchdogs.net)