WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students): An innovative program being used by schools across America and sponsored at PRE by the PTO. Schools are positively impacted by the involvement of fathers and father-figures (grandfathers, uncles, etc.) in the lives of their students. Our goal is to have lots of “DOGS” spend at least one day at Prairie Ridge.

 

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New to Watch D.O.G.S. – Orientation will be held September 11, 2017, from 6:00-7:00.

Watch D.O.G.S. Shirts – Order official Watch D.O.G.S. shirts here!

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

  • Watch Dog Shifts are Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Shift Options:
    • Morning Shift 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    • Afternoon Shift 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • Full Day (For a full day shift please sign up for morning and afternoon
    • Based upon daily schedules below are the shifts suggested by the teachers:
      • Kindergarten – Afternoon Shift
      • 1st Grade – Any Shift
      • 2nd Grade – Morning Shift
      • 3rd Grade – Any Shift
      • 4th Grade – Any Shift
      • 5th Grade – Afternoon Shift
  • Schedule your participation at least one week in advance. If there is a scheduling conflict, we will let you know as soon as possible.
  • Two Watch D.O.G.S. maximum per day
  • Dads may participate twice per semester
  • You will spend some time in your child’s classroom, but you will not be shadowing them for the entire day.
  • We ask that you sign up a week in advance to give the office staff and teachers time to prepare.
  • Please arrive at the Prairie Ridge front office by 8:30 a.m. for the morning shift or 12:00 p.m. for the afternoon shift. If you find you need to cancel, please call the school at 913-667-1800 to let them know.
  • Thank you for supporting your child’s school by participating in the Watch D.O.G.S. program!

Sign up here

2017-18 Top Dog

Contact Jeff Boor for more information.

History & More Info

WATCH D.O.G.S.® is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that was founded by Jim Moore, a concerned father who chose to take action in response to a 1998 middle-school shooting in Jonesboro, AR. Moore wanted to help prevent violence from occurring at his children’s school or at any school. The first program was launched at George Elementary in Springdale, AR, the school of Moore’s oldest child. Today, more than 1,659 programs in 38 states and New Zealand participate in WATCH D.O.G.S.®

National Program Goal

To help every school in America be positively influenced by the committed involvement of fathers and father figures in lives of their children and students.

How WATCH D.O.G.S.® Works

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. The program is overseen by a Top Dog Committee who partners with the principal to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for Watch D.O.G.S. to provide assistance at the school. Watch D.O.G.S. perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of cars, assisting 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.
Visit Fathers.com for more information.