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Watch D.O.G.S.

These aren't your average dogs! Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a nationally recognized K-12 program where volunteers provide an additional security presence at the school and help with a variety of tasks during the day. That can include: monitoring entrances and doorways, assisting with loading/unloading of buses and cars, observing the cafeteria and playground during lunches and recesses, helping the front office with errands, and aiding classrooms where applicable. Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer at least one day per year.


Volunteer today! For additional questions, contact Mike Griffeth, Maple Grove Watch D.O.G.S. Coordinator.

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  • How do I volunteer? Sign up using the calendar link. 

  • How many Watch D.O.G.S. are allowed in school per day? One volunteer per day. 

  • How many hours per day? Most volunteers come for the entire school day (8:00 am to 2:30 pm), but any amount of time is acceptable. 

  • How often is the commitment? Volunteers may come as much or as little as possible/feasible. 

  • Do I need any special training? No. 

  • Are women allowed? The program is intended for men, but any adult is allowed/welcome. 

  • Where do I check-in? Report to the front office to receive a safety vest, building keys, a radio, and a program pamphlet with further information/instructions.


Program History

The Watch D.O.G.S. program is one of the nation's largest and most respected school-based, family and community engagement organizations in the country. Created in 1998, the program now has more than 6,800 schools that participate, and is now in its 11th year at Maple Grove! This is a unique way for dads, grandfathers, uncles, father-figures, etc. to volunteer and spend time with their children IN the school. Plus, you'll get you/your kid's photo featured on the Watch D.O.G.S. wall outside of the office!

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