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Watch D.O.G.S. Program Moving to High Schools

"This is such a wide open opportunity there's not a ton of ways for parents to be involved inside the school during the day so this is a way they are you know encouraging us to be there, so want to take advantage of that," says Chris Jones, a WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad.
BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - Dads in Martinsburg and Hedgesville are going back to school by volunteering as WATCH D.O.G.S., a national father involvement program that's been in Berkeley County Elementary and Middle schools for six years now and growing. 

These dads are WATCH D.O.G.S. or Dads Of Great Students. It's a national program to encourage men to volunteer in the classroom.

"It's been a good experience getting to know their teachers better and being in their classrooms. Seeing how they function in class. Getting to know their friends and being around them more," said Chris Jones, a WATCH D.O.G.S Dad.

Since 2007, the WATCH D.O.G.S. have been in Berkeley County Elementary and Middle schools but it's expanding to high school.

School officials say these dads will play a different role at the high school level.

"We're going to have them as an extra set of eyes. We're going to make, have their presence be seen in the halls throughout the day, checking the doors, you know, talking with the kids between classes. Just being another male presence in the building," said Bill Fultineer, Assistant Principal Hedgesville High School and a WATCH D.O.G.S Dad.

Hedgesville and Martinsburg High Schools will be the first high schools in West Virginia to have WATCH D.O.G.S.

"And this is such a wide open opportunity there's not a ton of ways for parents to be involved inside the school during the day so this is a way they are you know encouraging us to be there, so want to take advantage of that," said Jones.

And in the future, school officials hope the program continues to grow.

"And hopefully kids will take to that to knowing that watch dog is here, when they see them in the hallway you can kind of just go up and say hey how you doing watch dog, and things like that," said Fultineer. "And hopefully this time next year we can fill up the schedule, we can fill up the calendar and we have fathers wanting to come in every single day. That would be great."

The first WATCH D.O.G.S meeting at Hedgesville High School is on Tuesday night and then next Tuesday night at Martinsburg High School. For more information about getting involved, contact Jodi Westrope at jwestrope@access.k12.wv.us.
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