Hal Goode, Executive Director
Watch D.O.G.S. 101, Spicing it up.
Central Kentucky Community Action Council (CKCAC) wants to thank Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Coordinator Jessica McFarlane and the employees at R.L. Schreiber Spice Company in Lebanon. On the week of the terrible tornados in Marion County I received a call from Brooklyn Leep with the Marion County Industrial Foundation & Michael Piekarski, Director of Operations at R.L. Schreiber Spice Company. They had collected gifts for families in the area and wanted CKCAC to help distribute them. I spoke with Jessica & Tammy Stanley our Director with Head Start, and they had a perfect idea. Help families going through the tornado damage with our Watch D.O.G.S. 101 program to get the fathers involved. What and who are Watch Dogs 101????
In our schools today, the rates of fatherless and ‘unfathered’ children range from 35-75% of the student population. That means 35-75% of them are missing an important ingredient in their life. WATCH D.O.G.S., Dads of Great Students facilitates family and community engagement in our Head Start centers. The program utilizes the positive influence of fathers and father-figures as male role models for the students by demonstrating with their presence that education is important, especially early education. WATCH D.O.G.S. provide support to the centers by monitoring school property, working in small groups, reading, using flashcards, greeting students in the morning and assisting with dismissal.
Lebanon Center and West Main Head Start Centers hosted, “Watch D.O.G.S 101” at the Lebanon Center. The R.L. Schreiber Spice Company provided many nice gifts to those in attendance which they collected over the holiday. Head Start have some pictures of the fathers and kids during the event in the Head Start portion of this month’s newsletter. Special thanks to the R.L. Schreiber Spice Company in Lebanon for their generosity to the Watch D.O.G.S. and families of Marion County!! These dads are men to watch as “Dads of Great Students” they make a difference in Head Start and the community in which they live. More to come………much more………