'Watch DOGS' volunteer program debuts at northside elementary

Guys-only group hopes to provide positive role models for NISD students

Author: Jenna Hiller, Reporter, jhiller@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:34:05 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 12:34:04 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

The "Watch D.O.G.S." program -- Dads Of Great Students -- launched at Northside Independent School District's Myers Elementary school on Tuesday.

The guys-only volunteer group gives men a chance to help out on campus, where moms are the typical volunteers.

"(It lets) me be a part of my child's life every day, not just when they come home or when they're in trouble, when it's report card time, and actually give them positive feedback instead of negative feedback," said Tim Hulse, the father of kindergarten and third-grade student at Myers.

He said he sees it as a chance to be a positive male role model to kids who don't have one at home.

Principal Tesilia Soliz said the Watch D.O.G.S. will be a welcome presence, because national research shows the program helps decrease bullying and discipline programs.

She is excited that so many men have already shown interest.

"It brought tears to my eyes. The cafeteria was completely full. We had standing room-only. There was fathers and uncles in the hallways," Soliz said.

Last Thursday, 180 men showed up interested in the program.

So far, 77 of them have signed up and gone through the background check.

Other Northside schools have also recently started Watch D.O.G.S. programs.

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