What are the goals of the Watch DOGS program?
- To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
- To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
Who are Watch DOGS?
As a Hero of the Hallways, Watch DOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer for one day each school year at an official Watch DOGS school.
How does Watch DOGS work?
Fathers and father figures can sign up to volunteer for the program through Preston’s online calendar by clicking the button at the top of this page. The program is overseen by a "Top Dog" volunteer who partners with the school’s administration to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for Watch DOGS to provide assistance at the school.
What do Watch DOGS do while they are at school?
On the day of their participation at Preston, Watch DOGS arrive by 7:30 a.m. and proceed to the reception desk at the front of the school where they are given a customized schedule for the day. During the day, Watch DOGS perform a variety of tasks, including monitoring the school entrances, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, and helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on various types of schoolwork. Watch DOGS also perform many 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 Watch DOGS dramatically reduces reports of bullying.
Will you really spend a full day at school?
Yes! Watch DOGS has a great track record of bringing fathers and father figures to school for the whole day. While volunteering a day is a sacrifice, you can be sure that being a Hero of the Hallway more than makes up for it. In fact, in many cases, Watch DOGS volunteer more because they had an incredible experience and because it gives them a greater appreciation for what teachers are doing to educate their children.
How do I participate in Watch DOGS at Jenny Preston Elementary?
- Join the Preston PTA.
- Complete an Allen ISD volunteer application (background check). (It can take up to two weeks.)
- Order your Watch DOGS shirt from the D.O.G.S. Store.
- Schedule your day on the Watch DOGS Calendar.
- Complete your Watch DOGS shift on your selected day.
For more details about the program email the Preston Elementary Watch DOGS coordinator.