On your next visit to Valley School, you might run into DOGS greeting you at the door or roaming the hallways. But don't be wary; the DOGS--short for "Dads of Great Students"--are a welcome addition to the school and their presence has a positive impact on students and the overall educational environment.
The Watch D.O.G.S. program launched in fall of 2019 in partnership with the Family Engagement Committee (FEC) and the Valley Communities in Progress (CIP) organization. Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, guardians and other father-figures that volunteer for a day at school to help monitor entrances, hallways, lunchroom, and playgrounds, and generally assist students in the classroom.
Not only do volunteers get to wear a cool T-shirt and dog tag, the Watch D.O.G.S. program includes an important application and screening process along with an orientation. DOGS start the day out with a general schedule and instructions from staff to help them feel comfortable in their role. Besides serving as positive male role models, DOGS can help reduce incidences of bullying and support school security.
For more information about volunteering in the Watch D.O.G.S. program, contact FEC Coordinator Candace Harris at 509-937-2638 or Candace.Harris@velc.org.