For over 25 years, the Dads of Great Students – WATCH D.O.G.S.® program has been successfully implemented on thousands of school campuses to promote greater parent and community engagement. That success has been due to the efforts of countless individual volunteers and campus employees. Our message has always been and will continue to be focused on the fathers and father-figures.
“Dads” as in “D.O.G.S.” has been defined for our purposes as those fathers and father-figures, the nurturers who are not traditionally found on our campuses in the same numbers as moms and other female volunteers.
However, about half of our programs over the years have been run by the folks who have continuously been that pre-existing and active presence on our campuses. As leaders dedicated to ensuring positive outcomes for all students, they recognize the importance of bringing in positive male role models as well.
While the ladies who help run so many of our programs might not all be “moms” they are absolutely “M.O.M.S.” and while our name hasn’t necessarily clearly recognized them as such, they have also been “D.O.G.S.” just like to dudes serving along-side them.
As the WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program aims to engage fathers & father-figures on all campuses across the country as we head into the next 25 years, we believe it is important to begin to more actively recognize and pay tribute to the many thousands of mothers & other guardians, educators and support specialists who are vital in the success of all our students, & the WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program itself.
We recognize that our M.O.M.S. (Moms of Marvelous Students) bring essential perspectives and experiences to our school community, and we want to acknowledge their dedicated commitment.
We get asked all too often, “are moms allowed?” The answer is always, “of course!!”
We just suggest the program always be implemented with a focus on speaking directly to the men in the community because that has been proven effective in getting everyone to show up in more meaningful ways, including the dads and dudes.
Every new school year brings brand new parents and guardians into that live stage of being responsible for caring for school-aged kids.
We want to welcome all into this community of engaged servants… and after 25 years of calling out the DADS we wanted to do something to celebrate our anniversary by also shining a spotlight on the M.O.M.S.
Thank you for your support of the WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program, and we look forward to welcoming more Moms of Marvelous Students into our community in the years ahead.