School Year 2020-2021 UpdateWith the continued attention to COVID-19 our Watch D.O.G.S. Program will be suspended until further notice. As new information becomes available and a safe volunteer environment can be offered, we will look to re-implement the program. When a program relaunch is considered information will be sent home with your student and a post will be placed on the OEN Facebook site. Thank you for your patience and understanding.What is WATCH D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students)?It is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are two primary goals of the 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 the WATCH D.O.G.S.?WATCH D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, WATCH D.O.G.S. may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch 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 Watch DOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WATCH D.O.G.S. are given a brief review of their involvement and they are asked to wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a OEN name tag identifying them as a WatchDOG.How WATCH D.O.G.S. WorksWATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one full day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. Individuals receive information at a ‘Launch Event’ such as a “Dads and Kids Pizza Night” and/or “Donuts with Dad” or in the front office at any time throughout the school year. The program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer who partners with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WATCH D.O.G.S. to provide assistance at the school. WATCH D.O.G.S. 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.At OEN, Watch D.O.G.S must be a cleared volunteers through the school. All forms are also available in the office.We look forward to seeing you again in the future at OEN!
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