Watch Dog Program Spreads to Fruitvale Elementary
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- School District 51's “Watch Dog Dads” program expanded on Tuesday, as more volunteers are coming forward to lend an extra hand.
The program was implemented in the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Shelledy Elementary was the first to start the group. However, on Tuesday, volunteers started at Fruitvale Elementary.
“To have a male role model in the school that help outs and helps them learn, and to know that there is someone looking out for them, I think it helps feel a lot better and a lot safer,” said Billy Rouse, volunteer at Fruitvale.
The dads will walk the halls and work in both the classrooms and playgrounds, to help increase safety at the school.
“Anytime you could have the parents involved, it’s really going to help the kids understand how important education is,” said Todd Beckstead, volunteer at Fruitvale. “Just having parents in the building, another set of eyes, making sure everything this going ok.”
Fruitvale Elementary has nearly a dozen Watch Dog Dads and each member volunteers anywhere from a couple of hours to three days a week.
School District 51 officials hope to keep this program spreading to other schools