Dads stepping in to inspire children

By Bob Hallmark - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV)- An East Texas school district has come up with a unique way to let "dad" add his parental touch to his child's education.

Think "take your daughter to work" day, but more like "take your dad to school day".

One East Texas school has a program they call "Watchdogs".

For 10-year-old Samaria Morgan, it was a different school day having her dad shadow her from class to class.

"I feel good inside and I feel kind of funny that he's walking around the school," said Samaria.

"She called me all week asking me [if] was I going to come, [if I] was I going to be here. I said yeah I'll be here. I'll be here," said Lenard Morgan.

"When he walks into my classroom I feel like he's learning too," said Samaria.

Through the "Watchdogs" program, that is "Dads of Great Students", fathers of kids at Kilgore Intermediate School got to spend the day learning about their kids' day.

"Well, I think its important to be here because you can see your kid smiling and happy and feel safe," said Lorenzo Ramirez who's son Jacob attends Kilgore Intermediate. "It feels great. I'm happy to be involved in this program, see my daughter in her classes meet her teachers and see what see goes through on a daily basis."

For dads, it was a chance to get involved, something that usually belonged to moms.

"Most of the time you see the moms here you don't see the dads," said Lenard "It's very important to be involved in my daughters life and for her to see me here."

"You got to make time, we don't have time but we've got to make time, not for us, for our kids," said Lorenzo "He already asked me to come back again."

And of course, there is the benefit of fatherly advice.

"Like, pay attention and listen to what your teachers say," said Samaria.

For the kids, its an added treat to have "dad" with them all day.

"I like him being at my school and if this would happen every day I think my school life would be a lot better," said Samaria.

The program actually has tragic origins. A father's group, concerned with school safety, started the "Watchdogs" program 11 years ago shortly after the Jonesboro, Arkansas school shootings.