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Watch D.O.G.S. at Proctor School

Posted at: 01/10/2013 4:17 PM
Updated at: 01/10/2013 5:37 PM

On Thursday, Troy Adams spent time reading at the 5th grade level. That's because the dad of two has volunteered to be part of the Watch D.O.G.S.

D.O.G.S. stands for Dads Of Great Students, and really applies to any male role model. It can be a grandpa, step-dad, uncle, or father. "With today's blended families, it could be a variety of men in the children's lives," said Derek Parendo, Dean of Students at Bay View Elementary.

They just launched the Watch D.O.G.S program last week, after hearing about it from a co-worker's son in Colorado, and a friend in the Twin Cities.

Men sign up to spend the day at the school. They do get to be with their kids for part of the day, but are also assigned other tasks, like helping at recess, or making copies.

Staff are pleased because it gives them another set of adult eyes in the building. "It fits with our Rail Strong program, which is our district-wide anti-bullying, anti-violence policy," Parendo added.

"And this is our way of reaching out to get males into the school. It shows the kids that dads can have a softer side and volunteer. They can help kindergartners get their boots on, or read to students," he said.

Troy Adams said it was a fun time. "I thought it was a good idea to have the opportunity to hang out with my daughter. See what her life is like during the day. And give back to the teachers, for what they're giving our students."

He plans on coming back.

Parendo said that about 25 men have signed up so far, and interest is growing.

Men are signing up for one day, checking it out, and then usually signing up to come back because of their experiences.

Proctor is the first district in the Northland to add D.O.G.S. The men can buy special T-shirts and sweatshirts with the logo on there.

Watch D.O.G.S. is part of the National Center for Fathering.