The WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program was first implemented at Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate during the 2013-2014 school year. It is a PK-5 program, which invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other father figures to volunteer at least one day, all day at their student’s school during the year.
Currently 4,049 schools across the country participate in the Watch D.O.G.S. program and ADM was proud to join the growing number of districts that understand the benefit of this program. Students benefit from having this positive and active role model in the school setting.
Last year, the majority of school days had a male volunteer at the Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate Schools. Volunteers were asked what the highlight of their Watch D.O.G.S. experience. Some responses include:
“The interaction with numerous kids was the highlight and seeing a smile come to the kids’ face every time I saw them the rest of the day.”
“How excited the kids get when Watch D.O.G.S. are around.”
“Spending time with the kids and better understanding the daily process at the school.”
“It was also nice spending time with some of the kids needing special attention.”
“Being able to interact not only with my own child, but with other students throughout the building in a variety of settings I do not typically see or experience.”
Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate are excited to continue the Watch D.O.G.S. program and we would encourage you to become involved with this unique, one-day volunteer experience. Sign up calendars are available at both schools. If you are looking for a positive way to get involved in the schools, then we invite you to get become a Watch D.O.G. and see why this program is making a difference at ADM Schools.