Dads unplug from work, spend day being elementary class Watch D.O.G.S.

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HOUSTON - There’s never been a shortage of parent volunteers at Rummel Creek Elementary, but the principal says it's usually the mothers that show out.

“When I heard there was an opportunity for men to be Involved on our campus, I was excited,” principal Nancy Harn said.

Watch DOGS — or Dads of Great Students — is a nationwide program that brings dads out of the boardroom and into the classroom. These proud papa’s help out before school, in class, at lunch and even at recess. Oh, and no cell phones allowed!

“I have two daughters," father Todd Jurek said. "It’s really rewarding to be able to be a part of that, and they get so excited seeing me in the halls."

Chris Holmes, who brought the volunteer program to Rummel Creek, said it's a nice change of pace.

“We’re not going in there to be disruptive," Holmes said. "We’re not adding work to the teachers. We’re actually trying to help the teachers. I sat down for an hour with two kids and we just talked about little tips and tricks that I had to help me with math."

And it's a great change of pace for that dads as well.

“What you find is that you’re constantly on the move, so you’re really not thinking about the missed calls or anything along those lines,” parent Jay Mischon said.

Both teachers and students love these DOGS.

“It’s such a huge role and the more men we have at school interacting and being great role models I think It just really helps the overall environment of our school,” teacher Rebecca Robbie said.

“I just feel like they’re helping us a lot, and they’re kind to us,” student Lorenzo Brichford said.

And what’s one lesson dads learn by the end of the day?

“The biggest thing I can tell you is that teachers rock,” Holmes said. “Managing 20 kids for an hour much less a whole day, the teachers do a fantastic job.”