What is WATCH D.O.G.S?

What is Watch D.O.G.S.?

At Anthony Middle School we welcome EVERYONE to be a part of the program, all are invited and welcome to volunteer! Anthony is following the WATCHDOGS model as this is our first year running a fulltime parent volunteer program. Traditionally, WATCHDOGS has focused on "Dad figures" but we are focusing on PARENT figures. 
WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) are fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® school. At Anthony Middles School we always want WATCH MOGS (Moms of Great Students) who are mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and other mother-figures. 
During the day, WatchDOGS/MOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official  WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WatchDOGS. The WATCH D.O.G.S.® program was created by a group of parents and educators in a single school in 1998, and has since grown to one of the largest and most respected family and community engagement initiatives in the country. Each year thousands of schools across the country utilize the WATCH D.O.G.S. ®  program to reach out to the fathers and father-figures of their students and invite those men to take at least one full day off work during the school year and spend that entire day volunteering in their child’s school. Each year WATCH D.O.G.S. ®   generates millions of school volunteer hours in support of our students and educators.  


How Do I Get Involved?

1. Sign up for a date(s):  WATCH D.O.G.S. SIGN UP 

2.  Complete a free background check through MPLS: Background Check 

3.  Forward received approval to Leah Pillsbury (leah.pillsbury@mpls.k12.mn.us)


WATCH D.O.G.S Attire: 

We ask each WATCH D.O.G to wear the official shirt. This allows the staff/students to identify the WATCH D.O.G. volunteer. We will provide you with a shirt for the day or you can purchase your own from the school ($10) or at the WATCH D.O.G.S STORE.   Anthony Code is MN1103  


After Volunteering as a WATCH D.O.G:

Please complete the survey:  Anthony WatchD.O.G.S Survey   Anthony Code is MN1103


FOR MORE INFORMATION on the WATCH D.O.G.S.® program starting at Anthony Middle School,

contact Leah Pillsbury (school social worker) @ (612) 668-3252 or  e-mail leah.pillsbury@mpls.k.12.mn.us

You can also visit dadsofgreatstudents.com.





document What would my day at school look like?   --  This is an example of what your day as a WATCH D.O.G. would look like. If you want to be in a specific place or do specific things we will definitely accommodate that for you! Just let us know!
document Things to know about being a WATCH D.O.G.S   --  You will have a lot of support during the day so please let us know what we can do! And also what YOU want to do!