Watch D.O.G.S - "Dad's of Great Students"

Horizon Elementary School - Shawnee, Kansas


Are you a dad, step-dad, grandfather, uncle, cousin or other "fatherly-figure" of a student at Horizon Elementary School? 

Are you willing to volunteer a half-day or full-day to be a positive male role model to the students and staff at Horizon Elementary School?

If you answered "YES" to the above questions... you may have what it takes to be a WatchDOG!

Are you ready to view available dates to signup to be a WatchDOG?

Would you like to see what a sample half-day or full-day schedule MIGHT look like as a WatchDOG? 

Do you want to read the expectations that you will have as a WatchDOG at Horizon?

Do you need to view or modify your existing WatchDOG signup


EVERYTHING you need to know about WatchDOGS, including how to sign up can be found on the  Link below. 


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students)?

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. Learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S.

What are the goals of a WATCH D.O.G.S. program?

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

Who are WatchDOGS and how does WATCH D.O.G.S. work?

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day (or half-day) each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school.WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. Fathers and father figures sign up to volunteer through the School’s WatchDOGS Signup Genius Page. The program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer who partners with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WatchDOGS to provide assistance at the school. WatchDOG dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.

What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)?

During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.

Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dad dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOG dads are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as a WatchDOG.