Westside Kicks-off Watch Dogs Program - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR-- Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Westside Kicks-off Watch Dogs Program

January 19, 2006-- Posted at 11:00 pm

JONESBORO-- They call them Watch Dogs... They're Dads of great students serving as watchful eyes at Westside.

Hundreds of Dads lined up with their kids tonight to sign up for the Watch Dogs program...

The Watch Dog program is new to Westside, but it was implemented nearly eight years ago and serves over 30 states nationwide.

But it was Westside who inspired the organization.

"It was the night of the incident here at Westside Middle School, and I was just a Dad at home thinking gosh what can we do to keep something like that from happening in our communities and schools," Watch Dogs Across America Founder Jim Moore says.

The program allows fathers to join in school activities enhancing the everyday lives of their children.

And these fathers were up to the task...

"It's our job to move these guys from the stands, from the grandstands, onto the playing field and into the arena of these kids' lives and be connected with them at school," Moore says.

Nearly 400 dads gathered at Westside to take part ...

"I think it's important for the Dads to be involved with their children these days with all the things that are going on in this world and at the school... And it just gives extra eyes up here," Watch Dog Dad Bobby Johnson says.

And although these Dads might think their efforts go unnoticed, it seems they're already making an impression...

"He takes time out from what he does to help me, and that means a lot to me," Watch Dog kid Blake Pittman says.

"He helps me with stuff that's hard for me and something that's easy, he just helps a lot," another Watch Dog kid says.

If you'd like to learn more about the Watch Dogs, you can visit the website at watchdogs.net or call 888-540-DOGS

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