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By Max Erikson

DOGS need more dads


February 14, 2018

Father figures play a vital role in the development of a young child’s life, and the Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) of Goldendale are encouraging all dads, uncles, and grandpas of Goldendale Primary School (GPS) students, to join the Watch D.O.G.S program.

On Thursday, Feb. 15 Watch D.O.G.S will be hosting an informational gathering at the GPS library from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to share how to get involved with the program and start volunteering at their child’s school. There will be a short video explaining a day in the life of a Watchdog and a brief testimony by a teacher about the benefits of the program and what it means to the students. Pizza and refreshments will follow.

“We want guys to know that it is something not to be intimidated by,” Watch D.O.G.S coordinator Alex Gorrod says. “It is something that is important to do and makes a huge impact on a young person’s life.”

The Watch D.O.G.S program is a nationally recognized organization that was founded in Arkansas in 1998. Since its inception, over 6,450 schools have adopted the program and is considered one of the most respected school-based, family, and community engagement organizations in the country. GPS started using the program a few years ago but participation has fallen off in recent years and Gorrod wants to revitalize the program and make it strong again.

“Our goal is to get more guys this year than last year, which was eight,” Gorrod says. “But it doesn’t have to be an all-day commitment, even an hour at lunch or recess can make a big impression on your child.”

One of the mottos of Watch D.O.G.S is, “Even an hour can change a student’s life,” and the impact of a father figure taking an active role in a child’s education is well documented.

Studies from the U.S. Department of Education show children with involved fathers, stepdads, or father figures tend to do better in school and are more likely to hold a job as adults. Children with actively involved fathers are 43 percent more likely to achieve academically and socially, and 33 percent less likely to repeat a grade than those without engaged dads.

For more information, contact Alex Gorrard at 250-2966 or email at


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