Where: Wilmington, NC
What: The United Methodist Council implemented the Watch DOGS, Dads of Great Students, program that aims to improve the relationship between students and their parental guardians. The United Methodist Council hopes that this program will showcase positive adult male role models and reduce negative behaviors in the classroom.
How: The United Methodist Council’s Watch DOGS program inspires fathers and father figures to volunteer at their child’s school at least once a year, offering their time to serve as mentors, tutors and role models. The male mentorship program encourages increased parental involvement and is aimed at improving student behavior in the classrooms.
How FLOCK Supports:
House of Raeford Farms FLOCK is proud to support the Watch DOGS program with its focus on creating a constructive environment for students to grow and learn from positive role models. Currently, we work with one elementary school in Duplin County, NC, rotating each visit kindergarten through fifth grade as well as exceptional children classes. Once a week, a FLOCK representative arrives early and greets children as they get off the bus. The rest of the morning is spent mentoring and tutoring kids in reading, writing, math, and physical education; listening to some of their personal situations and providing encouragement; and sharing a meal with the children at lunch.
“The Watch DOGS program places importance on student’s academic and domestic stability by empowering students and encouraging parents. FLOCK volunteers are happy to serve as mentors and role models for the kids in our community. Both FLOCK and the Watch DOGS program believe in the importance of strong support systems and positive role models.” – Tom Teachey, Duplin County Community Outreach Director