by: Brianna Vela
Dr. Brent Robinson’s profession may be in dentistry, but his most rewarding job is being a father to his son and daughter in 1st and 4th grade.
The Argyle Independent School District’s Watch Dads of Great Students (D.O.G.S.) program allows him to participate even more in his children’s lives.
Hilltop Elementary and Intermediate School first adopted Watch D.O.G.S. into their schools during the 2013-2014 school year.
Part of the National Center for Fathering, this program allows father figures to volunteer at least one day out of the school year to participate in a variety of school activities.
Dr. Robinson says this type of interaction with his children at school is not only essential, but enjoyable.
“Nothing beats being able to come see your kids work together with other kids,” Dr. Robinson said. “Watch D.O.G.S. is a day-long event with a wonderful schedule.”
Throughout the day, activities may include studying with students, eating lunch with them, monitoring recess activities and assisting with the school’s traffic flow.
Hilltop Elementary Counselor Michael Ball says the children reap great benefits from this experience as well.
“You can just tell how much it means to a student when their father takes off a day of work to be with them,” Ball said. “It creates conversation for kids and their dads at home. Dads have a better understanding of what the actual school day looks like and how hard all of the kids and teachers work.”
Dr. Robinson agrees.
“You only get one chance to watch your child grow up,” Dr. Robinson said. “It’s your responsibility to get involved. If you are not involved in your children’s lives, then you are missing out.”
For more information about Argyle ISD, visit www.argyleisd.com.