Metro Schools makes history with volunteer dads at Watch D.O.G.S. launch

Nashville's dads, grandfathers, uncles and other family men came out in force to become Metro Schools' first pack of Watch D.O.G.S. on Thursday night. With more than 40 schools represented and hundreds in attendance, this was the largest launch event in the organization's 15 year national history! WatchDOGS dad

Watch D.O.G.S. (which stands for Dads Of Great Students), encourages men to volunteer in schools. It's in more than 3,700 schools in 46 states, and now right here in Nashville.

Learn more about Watch D.O.G.S. and how you can get involved at your school on

Watch NewsChannel5 profile the Watch D.O.G.S. at Napier Elementary School.

Men at the launch event received training, while schools could sign up and get starter kits. National Director of Watch D.O.G.S. Eric Snow was so impressed by the crowd that he gave away nine of the kits for free to these schools:

  • Napier Elementary School
  • Cane Ridge Elementary School
  • Stanford Montessori Elementary School
  • Goodlettsville Middle Schools
  • Apollo Middle School
  • Bellevue Middle School
  • Harris Hillman School
  • Hillwood High School
  • Stratford High School

(L-R) Napier Elementary Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer Barrington Moore; Watch D.O.G.S. National Director Eric Snow; Napier Elementary Family Engagement Specialist Kevin McKenzie

We want to give a HUGE thanks to the Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators for hosting our event and coming up with great giveaways for the families who came. We also want to thank NewsChannel5's Lelan Statom for emceeing.