Vista PEAK Exploratory Logs Huge Increase in Dad Volunteer Hours

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NEWS RELEASE #27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2015

Vista PEAK Exploratory Logs Huge Increase in Dad Volunteer Hours

Vista PEAK Exploratory is seeing a huge spike in volunteer hours this school year. It’s all thanks to fathers and father figures participating in the new WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) program.

During the last school year, Vista PEAK Exploratory logged just 38 volunteer hours from men. This year, the school is on track to have more than 1,000 male volunteer hours.

A typical daily schedule for a volunteer is as follows:

7:45-7:55                Check-in at the office and receive your official WATCH D.O.G.S.®  ‘Dog Tag’ nametag to place on your official                                     WATCH D.O.G.S.® uniform T-shirt above the WATCH D.O.G.S.®  logo.  Have a photo taken of you and your                                         student(s) for the Wall of Fame.

7:55-8:20                Assist with student arrival in the bus and car areas.

8:20-8:45                Take part in orientation with the WATCH D.O.G.S.® School Representative.

8:45-9:00                Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.                                                                                                                                           (Special Attention: Get a feel for the layout of the building)

9:00-9:45                Volunteer for _____________ in room ______.

9:45-10:00              Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.                                                                                                                                         (Special Attention: Upstairs Passing 9:50-9:55am)

10:00-10:40            Volunteer for ______________ in room ______.

10:40- 1:35             Lunch and recess interaction – we encourage you to eat lunch with your own student(s) and visit with the                                             other students during this time. Also assist PARA professionals with lunch and playground duty.

1:35-1:45                Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.                                                                                                                                           (Special Attention: Outside Playground)

1:45-2:15                Volunteer for _______________in room ______.

2:15-2:25                Patrol hallways, parking lot, buildings and perimeter.                                                                                                                                           (Special Attention: Upstairs Passing 2:20-2:25pm)

2:25-2:55                Volunteer for _______________in room______.

2:55-3:05                Take the WATCH D.O.G.S.® ‘End of Day’ online survey. 

3:05-3:30                Assist with student dismissal in the bus and car areas.

In honor of this year’s many volunteers, Vista PEAK Exploratory is hosting a celebration for families:

WHAT: Dads and Kids’ Pizza Night
WHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Vista PEAK Exploratory Cafeteria, 24551 E 1st Ave, Aurora, CO 80018

About WATCH D.O.G.S.®
WATCH D.O.G.S.® is the father-involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering. It was created in 1998 at George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Since then, the program has spread to more than 4,000 schools across the United States and internationally.

Studies by the U.S. Department of Education have demonstrated that a positive adult male role model will have a uniquely positive impact on the development and educational success of a child. The U.S. Department of Education has identified the WATCH D.O.G.S.® program as an effective way to increase male involvement in our nation’s schools.

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