School initiative aims to get dads involved

School initiative aims to get dads involved

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 7:20 AM

YORK, S.C. -- Who are you most likely to see in your child's elementary school, moms or dads?  Most of us would agree, it's moms. But one school is hoping to change that, and their program is catching on. It's called WATCH D.O.G.S.  “DOGS”, in this case, is an acronym for Dads of Great Students.

At Cotton Belt Elementary School in York County, dad and Carolina Panther employee  Peter Vacho is encouraging other dads to get involved.  Vacho is the schools Top Watch DOG!  NBC Charlotte photographer Kevin Wardlaw spent the morning with Vacho and the students at Cotton Belt.
Vacho remembers telling his children he was coming to school.

"’Dad you're going to be what?’ ‘I'm going to be a Watch Dog.’ ‘What's that?’ ‘Well, I get to volunteer with you guys at school.’  They start screaming and hollering and they're so excited,” recalls Vacho.

Counselor Lacy Lane says the program is helping both students and families.  

“We saw a lack of men coming in. We had lots of moms and grandmothers that came in to volunteer and we saw this program as a way to reach out to dads and give them an opportunity,” she said.

The program is exciting to students, too.  Schools across the country are implementing WATCH  D.O.G.S.

If you’d like to learn more, click on the link below.
Fathers.com/watchdogs

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