Saturday, October 12, 2013

Watch D.O.G.S. @ NSE

Watch D.O.G.S.
I know that I have featured this program before, but I wanted to emphasize it again because of its recent growth and growing recognition.  Our Watch DOGS have been very active so far this school year.  First of all, the membership has doubled, the number of active participants have doubled, and the impact has quadrupled! These guys met in early September to kick off the program.  Immediately, they became involved in helping out at car rider (AM and PM), reading to classes, helping out with projects, going on field trips, checking doors to make sure they are locked, talking with students, teachers, and parents, eating lunch with students, hosting PTO performances, helping out with the walk to school day, and more.
Recently the NSE Watch DOGS were featured on WLTX and WOLO, two local news stations.  You can see the segments by clicking on the respective stations.  You can also view the WLTX story on YouTube.

The Watch DOGS program is very important to our school for a number of reasons.  In the absence of an on-sight school resource officer, the Watch DOGS serve as an extra since of security and safety for our students, parents, and staff.  Another reason is because elementary schools have a lot of great female role models, but do not always attract male role models. These guys serve as great mentors and role models for both our boys and girls.  In addition, boys tend to struggle in school.  Research (Leonard Sax) shows that many schools today are
not designed for boys to be successful.  The Watch DOGS program is one way to make these students feel comfortable in their learning environment.  I could go on and on about the benefits of this program, but I think that it would be beneficial if you explored it yourself at fathers.com.
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