Men: We want you in our schools. Be one of our Watch D.O.G.S.

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"As school safety issues continue to make news, WatchDOGS is a program that stands out as a cost-affordable program to improve safety while also engaging parents in schools. A report from the National Association of School Psychologists noted that traditional security measures, like increased presence of security guards and metal detectors, can actually increase fear and anxiety among some students. WatchDOGS is a different option that fosters relationships among parents, students, teachers and staff while providing extra eyes and ears in schools."

-Metro Schools parent Scott Eddins writing in The Tennessean - Read the full article online.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is engaging positive male role models in about 40 schools, part of a nationally recognized initiative called WatchD.O.G.S. (Dad of Great Students).

The volunteer program kicks off in a major way Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

During the event, door prizes will be given to attendees, including Nashville Predators tickets and merchandise.

The program invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other father figures to come out to the kick-off event to learn about starting WatchD.O.G.S. in their schools. WatchD.O.G.S. provides male role models for students who can demonstrate that education is important, help at the school and provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school climate.

“It is very exciting to launch the program and terrific to have parents involved,” Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register said. “We are expecting a high-energy fun crowd. It is very significant that the national director of the program will be here for our launch. We cannot thank Eric Snow and the Predators enough for donating their time, tickets and merchandise.”

Eric Snow, national director of WatchD.O.G.S., will speak at the event, explaining to parents and educators how to implement the program at their schools.

Watch D.O.G.S. is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. It began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Ark., and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation’s classrooms and hallways.