Editorial: These WatchDOGS don't bite

Three cheers for the 45 fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other men who volunteer for a very special program at San Carlos Park Elementary School.

They are WatchDOGS — Dads of Great Students — and serve as role models while they go about their chores including lunchroom duty, playground patrols and academic mentoring.

After being subjected to thorough security screenings as applicants, each WatchDOG can impact 100 or more students during each visit.

It’s terrific and opens the doors to a domain of volunteerism that traditionally is served by women.

No wonder the WatchDOG program has expanded to 2,600 schools across the country.

Little things can mean a lot, and add up, for students. The WatchDOGs have a great time too.

For more information, go online to fathers.com/watchdogs, which describes volunteers as heroes of the hallways who inspire children, reduce bullying and enhance the educational environment.

Collier County Public Schools says it does not have a WatchDOG program, but is looking at the concept.

Good, and please keep the community posted as to when Collier men can sign up.

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