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School Program Brings Dads, Students Closer

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    Watch D.O.G.S., or 'Dads of Great Students,' is a program that gets dads more involved in the lives of their children at school, and it continues to grow all over the country. (Published Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014)

    A program that gets dads more involved in the lives of their children at school is impacting families all over the country.

    It's called Watch DOGS — Dads of Great Students — and NBC 5 morning anchor Marc Fein hosted an event in Prosper that showed just how much this program means to families.

    Something Good - Prosper's Watch Dogs

    [DFW] Something Good - Prosper's Watch Dogs
    NBC 5 Anchor Mark Fein hosts the launch of Prosper High School's Watch Dogs program, which helps dads become more involved in the lives of their children. Former Rangers pitcher Mike Henneman and FC Dallas goalie Chris Seitz attended. (Published Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014)

    The dads were there, the students were there and even a dad in a giant dog outfit helped fire the kids up for the event.

    All four Prosper-area elementary schools participated in this major launch event, which took place at the Prosper high school arena. The program helps dads spend at least one entire day with their child at school.

    "I want to be a good role model for my daughter," Percy Clark, whose daughter goes to Folsom elementary in Prosper said. "She's my everything. I'm here for her."

    Bill Anderson, whose son goes to Cockerill Hill Elementary School, didn't underestimate what it meant to him as a dad.

    "I'm fortunate to have a duaghter to do this with and to spend time with," he said. "The schools let us come in there and spend the time. It's priceless."

    FC Dallas goalie Chris Seitz and former Rangers pitcher Mike Henneman were featured speakers. They talked about the importance of being there for your kids, and these kids obviously get it.

    "I like to have my dad around at my school cause I love him," Folsom Elementary School fourth grader Kaitlyn Clark said.

    Cockerill Hill Elementary School's Keaton Anderson echoed that sentiment.

    "It's really fun because my dad gets to go to school with me and spend time with me and help me with my grades," Anderson said.

    It was only a launch event, but the this program is already impacting more than 4,000 schools in 46 states.

    For more information, visit www.fathers.com/watchdogs/.