WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative program of the National Center for Fathering focusing on prevention of violence in our nation’s schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures for a two-fold purpose:


1) to provide an unobtrusive presence in the schools, and
2) to be a positive and active role-model for students at their school.


WATCH D.O.G.S. was founded by Jim Moore, a concerned father who chose to take action in response to a 1998 middle-school shooting in Jonesboro, AR. Joined with National Center for Fathering in 2006, WATCH D.O.G.S. serves to inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father-figures their students need. To find out more about this important program visit the Watch D.O.G.S. website.


1) At least 48 hours before you volunteer, please go to the RRISD Volunteer Application page to begin the application process. You will be asked for your driver license number and your social security number.

 2) Once your volunteer application has been accepted* (call Community Partnerships at 512-464-5049 with questions regarding your application), come to the office on the day you’re ready to start. No additional sign-up is required, and no amount of time is too small.

The Top Dog is a dedicated Watch DOG who is a contact point for other dads and a liaison to our PTA. To inquire about how to take on this role or for other information about becoming a Watch DOG please contact our current Top Dog, Mark Johnson.

*You will only be notified if your volunteer application has been denied by the Community Partnerships Department (512-464-5049).