On Wednesday, February 5th, students at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School were able to bring their fathers and father-like figures to school with them for a special Donuts With Dad event. Several hundred attendees ate breakfast together before the start of the school day and were able to enjoy a brief presentation about the school’s WATCH D.O.G.S. program.
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is an ingenious program that is used by more than 6,450 schools across America. The program utilizes fathers, grandfathers, uncles, step-fathers and other father figures to serve as positive role models for young learners, essentially demonstrating to them that education is vital and important. These volunteers donate one day of their time each year at the school, assisting teachers and serving as an extra set of eyes and ears on campus, thus increasing school security and reducing bullying.
The WATCH D.O.G.S. program has been in place at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School since 2014 and has created hundreds of hours of in-school volunteer time that has had a positive impact on the educational process.