Hawthorne Bulldogs love our WatchDOGS!

Hawthorne Bulldogs love our WatchDOGS!
Posted on 09/05/2018
Mrs. Melissa Chastain, Hawthorne Principal

From Mrs. Melissa Chastain, Hawthorne Principal At Hawthorne Elementary school, we love our Mexico Bulldogs and we also love our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)!  Last year we brought the Watch D.O.G.S. program to Hawthorne and we are so glad that we did! We love the energy and enthusiasm our dads bring with them.  They are role models that have certainly made a big difference in our school family!


What is the Watch D.O.G.S. program?

The Watch D.O.G.S. program is affiliated with WatchDOGS Across America, an initiative of the National Center for Fathering.  Watch D.O.G.S. was designed to encourage dads and other male role models to get more involved in their children’s education, starting with spending a day volunteering at school.  The purpose of the program is to bring more male volunteers into our schools. The Watch D.O.G.S. program makes it easy for fathers (or father figures) to spend meaningful time with their children during the school day.  WatchDOGS are fathers, step-fathers, uncles, grandfathers, or other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in our school.


Watch D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest school-based, family, and community engagement organizations in the country.  The program was created in 1998 and there are currently over 6,450 schools involved with the program.


WatchDOG Days

When a WatchDOG volunteers at Hawthorne, he is handed a detailed agenda for the day.  WatchDOGS begin their day helping with bus and car duty and greeting students as they enter the building.  They then tour the school’s hallways and walk the perimeter of the building outside. They will have the opportunity to spend time in their child’s classroom.  WatchDOGS enjoy helping in a classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling. WatchDOGS enjoy eating lunch with their child and helping monitor recess.  WatchDOGS actively engage with not only their own children, but other students as well. This is a great opportunity for dads to be actively involved in school and have a positive impact on the lives of other students. It is a busy, yet rewarding day!


How Can You Become a WatchDOG?

Please call Hawthorne Elementary School’s office at 573-581-3064 for information on how you can become a WatchDog.