I love learning about new things about the good things that go on in our communities. Here is an AWESOME program. Watch D.O.G.S.!  D.O.G.S. stands for ‘Dads Of Great Students’.  I had the chance to talk with Chris Rhoda and his daughter Emma and Cathy Gordon, the principal of the Belgrade Central School.  Belgrade Central School was the first school in Maine to have a Watch D.O.G.S. program.


WATCH D.O.G.S. is about inspiring men to inspire children, reduce bullying and enhance the educational environment at your school. The program came from the efforts of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. More than 2,659 active programs in 46 states participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. Program. Those numbers are going up every day.

The cool thing is you don’t HAVE to be a Dad to take part. It is for fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.

As I talked to Emma, her Dad and her principal, it was clear that she likes having Dad at school and he likes being there, too. But what a benefit for a school! In this day and age of having to watch budgets so carefully, to have a steady stream of positive male role models for the students AND more adult back-up for the teachers and staff to help them in their daily duties in the school.

Thank you Emma, her dad Chris and Cathy for coming to the radio station to talk to me about Watch D.O.G.S.(Hey, can I do that?  I called a school principal by her first name!)

Check out the interview that aired Sunday morning March 3, at 6 a.m. on the radio!.