ADM has launched a new parent involvement program aimed at increasing the number of fathers and father figures volunteering in our elementary schools. This program, called WATCH DOGS (Dads of Great Students) is a nation-wide program currently in hundreds of schools. Dads and other males involved in the lives of our students at Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate are asked to give a day of vacation to be serve at the school for a full day. My first day as a DOG was last Friday at DeSoto Intermediate where I have a son in 4th grade.
It was a great day! First, there is a brief “orientation” for the dad that provides guidance for the day – a detailed schedule, dos and don’ts for the day, and a WATCH DOG shirt to put on. Then, my first task was to greet kids coming in the doors to start school. Talk about a great feeling! The students love seeing dads in the building and I got dozens of high fives to start the day.
I spent time in my son’s classroom watching a math lesson and helping students with some of the problems, walked around the building to check visitors had checked in appropriately, had lunch with my son and his classmates, and got to be all-time quarterback at recess!!
It was a great day that made me appreciate the staff even more, and I know my son felt great having me at school for such a long time. The Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate staffs make it so easy and fulfilling – the day really matters! If you are a dad or an important male in one of our student’s lives, be sure to consider being a WATCH DOG this year – you won’t regret it!