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PTA, dads’ group promote volunteering



Published: Sat, February 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Ohio PTA and WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) have announced a partnership that will bring thousands of dads and other male role models into schools across Ohio to volunteer for a day in their child’s school.

“Ohio PTA is committed to increasing parent involvement in our schools, and that includes engaging more dads in this process,” said Gloria Cazan, Ohio PTA president. “We are excited to provide our PTAs and schools with a great tool, in WATCH D.O.G.S., that they can use to bring dads and other significant male role models into the school building to inspire children, prevent bullying, and help create the most successful educational environment possible in the school.”

The research shows the value of parental involvement in a child’s education, including numerous developmental benefits specific to father involvement, and this partnership between the Ohio PTA and WATCH D.O.G.S. will help PTAs implement a successful, easy, ready-to-use program that will allow schools, parents and students to derive those benefits.

PTAs will have access to information, resources and training necessary to welcome dads into the school and engage them in a structured, meaningful way that will keep dads returning to the school building week after week and year after year.

Ohio PTA (www.ohiopta.org) comprises thousands of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.

Ohio PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.

WATCH D.O.G.S. (www.fathers.com/watchdogs), a founding member of National PTA’s MORE Alliance (Men Organized to Raise Engagement), is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security.

About 2500 active programs in 41 states participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. The National Center for Fathering is a nonprofit research and education organization whose vision is to see every child with an involved father or father figure. Based in Kansas City, its mission is to inspire and equip men through research, training, programs and resources to be the fathers, grandfathers and father figures their children need.


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