NEISD Watch D.O.G.S. on duty
North East ISD is proud to have such a supportive group of volunteers willing to spend time helping out on campuses. One program is the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) who volunteer as crossing guards, lunchroom monitors, and campus role models.
"I signed up as a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer to be a part of my kid's life and see their experiences outside the house," said Ronald Willbanks, a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer at Hardy Oak Elementary School for three years.
Many Watch D.O.G.S. were at their student's elementary schools Thursday, April 24 to help keep watch during the school day. NEISD schools were "closed campuses" after the San Antonio Police Department received a threatening email.
The Watch D.O.G.S. at Hardy Oak Elementary School surrounded the perimeter just as a precaution. It made other parents, teachers, and the students feel safe.
"Teachers feel so good. It makes our comfort level so much better," said Lola Folkes, principal at Hardy Oak. "Teachers are working and doing their job without having to worry."
The program is a father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that has spread to almost every state in America.
"The kids think it's the coolest thing," said Jay Urbansky, Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer for four years. "It is hard work, but I've enjoyed it."
Watch D.O.G.S. outside Hardy Oak Elementary School
Cibolo Green Watch D.O.G.S.
Tuscany Heights Watch D.O.G.S.
Wilderness Oak Watch D.O.G.S.
Many dads were stationed around the schools and in the parking lots.
Another "Watch DOG" was making the rounds at elementary schools today. This is NEISD's K-9 unit Officer Greg Reusink and Officer Leonard, the dog. The students at Hidden Forest loved learning about Officer Leonard's training at police dog "school" and what he does at NEISD.
Posted on April 24, 2014