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WATCH D.O.G.S. Getting Dads Involved at Thomas Viaduct MS

October 15th, 2018

Studies by the U.S. Department of Education have demonstrated that a positive adult male role model has a uniquely positive impact on the development and educational success of a child. At Thomas Viaduct Middle School, WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) are taking at least one full day off work during the school year and spending that entire day volunteering at the school as crossing guards, car/bus rider facilitators, hallway monitors, library assistants, lunchroom helpers, classroom and homework tutors and playground/gymnasium coaches. The possibilities are endless.

“The D.O.G.S. reflect our school vision each time they visit through their connection with students, collaboration with school staff and the creation of a school culture that is built on valuing each other,” said Thomas Viaduct Principal Shiney Ann John. “Our male role models also benefit from the program by being a part of their student’s school experience and gaining a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life.”

Some students don’t have a father-figure present at home and an increased presence of male role models at school provides many meaningful benefits. “Middle school is typically a time when parents take a step back from volunteering at schools, and typically more females than males volunteer for school activities,” added John. “The presence of our Watch D.O.G.S promotes a sense of community and family values.”

The WATCH D.O.G.S. program is a national program. More information can be found online at