JACKSON, MS - One school at a time dads are pledging to commit more time to their sons in school. Watch D.O.G.S. is behind the initiative, which is a program started by the National Center for Fathering.
D.O.G.S. stands for "dads of great students", and the mission is to expand the father's role into the educational arena through volunteering. Their hope is that a stronger male influence in school's will prevent violence while increasing a student's potential.
"This is an opportunity to engage a missing stakeholder often in education, which is us: men. So, we're trying to turn that back and change the culture and the climate of our schools and our city," Fredrick Nolan said.
Nolan who is a father of sixth-grader in Jackson Public Schools is the district coordinator for Watch D.O.G.S. in Jackson. He says the responsibility is not just on the father's but any strong male in the community.
"If it's not the father than we need a male role model, a mentor, a grandfather for that child," Nolan explained. "So, that we can begin to engage our men like moms have been doing forever, so we need to step up our engagement as well."
Nolan pointing out that fact that mothers almost always fulfill any volunteer role in school related activities. Whence the term "room mom".
Marking the occasion, Watch D.O.G.S. has been organizing special breakfasts at JPS schools, such as one Friday morning at Bradley Elementary School, called "Doughnuts with Dad". The breakfast serves as an official kick-off for the initiative, which will hopefully encourage more men to be proactive in their sons' educations.
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