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What is the Watch D.O.G.S. Program

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative. There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program:
1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

WATCH D.O.G.S.® began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.  To learn more about this program, please click on the link below.


How to be a part of the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Thunder Vista

If you are interested in being one of our Watch D.O.G.S. this year, or would like to learn more about this program, please contact Rene Bennett at 720-972-7300 or  You will also need to complete the WatchDOGS Registration Form in order to volunteer for a day at our school.  

Do I need a Watch D.O.G.S. Shirt?   How can I get one?

You must have a WatchDOGS shirt to volunteer.  Shirts are available for purchase directly from the Watch D.O.G.S. website.  Please go to the Dogstore and order your white uniform shirt.  If you have a Watch D.O.G.S. shirt from your previously school, you can use that.

What will my day look like as the WatchDOG at Thunder Vista?

You will receive a detailed schedule of your day at Thunder Vista the Friday before your assigned date.  You will check in with us in the morning at the front office at 7:25, and then start your day assisting with our morning arrival.  You will then have an opportunity to spend a period in your student's elementary classroom, assisting as needed.  After that first period in your student's class, you will rotate through mutliple other elementary and specials classrooms based upon a set schedule that our teachers have signed up for.  In the classrooms, you may be asked to work with an individual or groups of students, talk about your job/career, or assist the teachers in other ways.  Each teacher will provide you with instructions on what they would like assistance with when you arrive in their classroom.  You may also be asked to assist in our cafeteria during lunches, as well as other areas of the school as needed.  For lunch, you will eat lunch with your student during their lunch period (you can bring your lunch or purchase a school lunch for $3.95 in the cafeteria) .  At the end of the day, you will assist with our afternoon dismissal.  

If you have any additional questions about the program, you can email or call 720-972-7300.