Art City Ele­men­tary School has vol­un­teer Watch D.O.G.S.

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ju­lia Mur­ray

We have just com­pleted our first month of the 2016-17 school year hav­ing Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Stu­dents) at Art City Ele­men­tary School in Springville. Thank you dads for com­ing to the school to be a pos­i­tive fa­therly in­flu­ence.

Hav­ing Watch D.O.G.S. in our school helps in the fol­low­ing ways: they pro­vide pos­i­tive male role mod­els for the stu­dents, demon­strat­ing by their pres­ence that ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant, and they pro­vide ex­tra sets of eyes and ears to en­hance school se­cu­rity and re­duce bul­ly­ing. Watch D.O.G.S. are fa­thers, grand­fa­thers, un­cles and other father fig­ures who vol­un­teer for at least one day each year at Art City Ele­men­tary School.

The pro­gram is over­seen by a “Top Dog” vol­un­teer, Am­ber Park, who part­ners with Prin­ci­pal Lisa Muir­brook to co­or­di­nate sched­ul­ing and iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties for Watch D.O.G.S. to pro­vide as­sis­tance at the school. Watch D.O.G.S. dads and vol­un­teers per­form a va­ri­ety of tasks dur­ing their vol­un­teer day in­clud­ing mon­i­tor­ing the school en­trance, as­sist­ing with un­load­ing and load­ing of buses and cars, mon­i­tor­ing the lunch room and help­ing in the class­room with a teacher’s guid­ance by work­ing with small groups of stu­dents on home­work, flash­cards or spell­ing.

If you would like to sign up to be part of Watch D.O.G.S., email Am­ber Park at am­ to find a date to sign up.

Fa­thers of Art City Ele­men­tary School stu­dents are serv­ing as vol­un­teer Watch D.O.G.S. at the school. They mon­i­tor the school en­trance and other ar­eas as well as help in other ways.

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