Dads Become Middle School Watch Dogs

9 years 6 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2007 Mar 8, 2007 Thursday, March 08 2007 Thursday, March 08, 2007 10:53:00 PM CST in News

Million participates in the Watch Dog program "to come in and be apart of it to be excepted by the teachers and the students and really to help with the education process at the school."

"The vision of Watch Dogs nationally and obviously here too is to get dads and other male role models involved in the lives of our students, not only their children, but the lives of all of our students," said Principal Vince Matlick. 

The program first started in Arkansas and since its birth in 1998, it has spread to more than 30 states and hundreds of schools.

"We come in we meet the students, we get a chance to interact with them, eat lunch with them. And hopefully help make their education a little better," said Million.

The Watch Dog dads are popular at school, getting high fives and hugs as they patrol the halls. They do more than socialize with the kids; they also leave a sense of security.

"It makes me feel safer to know somebody is keeping and eye on the kids, other than the teachers, and it gives the teachers a chance to kind of sit down and not have to worry about us as much," said Hannah McCoy, student.

As the number of male teachers decreased, Principal Matlick felt students needed a positive male role model at school.

"Talk to them and share experiences, whether its sports or academics or whatever with them. But just to be there, the presence is the most vital thing," said Matlick.

For Harvey Million, the kids let him know he's making a difference.

"We are like celebrities when we walk in the door," he said. "A lot of them call us by our first name, some of them just call us 'dog.'"

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