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Norman's Watch D.O.G.S. keeps dads involved at school

Children and fathers benefit from a national program called Watch D.O.G.S., which has been adopted by five Norman schools. The program founder urged expansion of the program in a visit to Norman this week.
BY SARAH LOBBAN Modified: October 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm •  Published: October 11, 2013
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Initially, Snow and co-founder James Moore envisioned the volunteer-based program for the school each of their children attended.

When other schools expressed a desire to emulate the program, the men launched a nonprofit organization to take Watch D.O.G.S. nationwide. Recently it was featured on the “Today” show.

More than 3,100 schools in 46 states have adopted the Watch D.O.G.S. program.

Other speakers at Tuesday's event included educators from Truman Primary and Truman Elementary Schools, where Watch D.O.G.S. has been in effect about 10 years. Principal Robye Jackson of Truman Elementary talked about how the students react to having the fathers come into the school.

“The child's eyes light up,” she said. “When you see that, you know how much this program means.”

Snow said when he and Moore were working to launch the program on a national level, they discovered that when it comes to involvement in the schools, mothers often take a leading role.

But when they sent out letters inviting the dads to participate, there was an overwhelming turnout.

Starting a Watch D.O.G.S. program at a school is relatively easy, said Snow.

Although the program follows a basic outline, it can readily be adapted to suit the needs of any school, he said.

For more information on how to start a program, go to www.fathers.com/watchdogs.


The education of our children has to be the No. 1 priority in this country. We watched schools, and we listened to schools, and we found that these role models have a very positive impact.”

Watch D.O.G.S. founder Eric Snow,

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