Breckinridge Elementary kicked off a new arm of their volunteer program on the night of Sept. 11. Over 40 dads came to have a pizza dinner with their children and learn more about the WatchDOGS program. The DOGS piece of their name stand for “Dads Of Greats Students.” The program’s focus is to get more dads involved in their children’s education by inviting them into the school for a whole school day, at least once each year. Breckinridge dad Erryn Barkett spoke to the gathering about the importance of being here and taking the time – “as a Dad you just want to protect your kids, and what better way than to be close.” Dads may also get a better glimpse into the world of school for their children. Each dad present that night is considered a qualified volunteer in the school upon completion and return of a reference form. In a time when schools have lost volunteers, as more moms have gotten back into the work force, having dads donate a single day out of their year to spend reading with students, helping at lunch, helping with morning and afternoon school dismissal, and joining in on the fun at recess can make a big difference – to the school and to the students. Breckinridge is excited by the amazing turnout and is looking forward to the many WatchDOG dads who have signed up to spend a day at school this year. For you are interested, contact Malia Huffman, school counselor, at Breckinridge.
– Submitted by Tammy H. Wilson