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Originally published: 2013-01-08 16:47:35
Last modified: 2013-01-08 16:47:35

Mabel to host 'dads and kids' pizza night

by Staff Reports

Mabel School will host a “dads and kids” pizza night Thursday to kick off its WATCH D.O.G.S. program for 2013.

The program, which stands for Dads of Great Students, emphasizes the importance of fathers and father figures in building safe and supportive schools.

The program was created from the National Center for Fathering in response to a 1998 school shooting in Jonesboro, Ark. It is now present at schools in more than 42 states.

Thursday’s program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mabel School cafeteria. 

Speakers will include Sheriff Len Hagaman and Commissioner John Welch, who will describe the importance of dads in society and in education.

The WATCH D.O.G.S. program also encourages fathers and father-figures to spend a day volunteering by welcoming students during arrival, reading to classes, tutoring small groups of students, having fun at recess or connecting with students during lunch.

As a result of their involvement, the school gains an extra set of eyes and ears, promoting safety and security, and adds additional positive male role models. Some students do not have a father figure present in the home, and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining, so more positive male role models are appreciated in the school setting.

For more information about the program, visit or call Mabel counselor Christy Welch at (828) 297-2512.