WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are two primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S.® program.
1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
WATCH D.O.G.S.® began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.
WATCH D.O.G.S. Fred Garza was introduced on KTEX-TV news on the day he volunteered. Making the introductions were Thornton counselors, Ms. Barranco and Mrs. Akin. Mr. Garza has two sons at Thornton, one in second grade and one in fourth grade. His wife, Mrs. Jennifer Garza, is a first grade teacher at Thornton.