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 half day at Prairie Ridge.


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

Sign up here to volunteer for a shift!


  • 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.
  • 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 at a time (not with the same teacher and preferably different grade levels for the same shift)
  • You may sign up for ONE shift per semester per student:
    • Multiple students at PRE?  Feel free to sign up for the Morning Shift for one student and the Afternoon Shift for the other student.
    • Please do not sign up for both the Morning Shift and the Afternoon Shift with the same student.
  • 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!

If you would like to participate in future Watch D.O.G.S. opportunities, please contact: Ryan Summerskill.

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 half day at their 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, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards or spelling.
Visit the official Watch D.O.G.S. website for more information.