WATCH D.O.G.S.: Ames School Considers Program

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An Ames school is considering beginning a program to bring Dad’s into the school to watch over the students.

The program called Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) is designed to provide an extra set of eyes and ears in the classroom, hallways and lunchroom while also being a positive role model to students.

Teacher Dave Doughan has formed a committee to determine if parents of Ames Middle School students would be interested in participating in the 2013-2014 school year.

The program is already used in nearly 3,000 schools across the country including a Norwalk elementary school. Officials there say Watch D.O.G.S. have boosted attendance and grades, and cut down on behavior problems.

In Ames each volunteer would be asked to spend at least one hour once a year in the school.

Interested individuals can email Doughan at david.doughan@ames.k12.ia.us.

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