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Push To Get More Dads Involved At Marshpoint Elem. In Savannah

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An elementary school in Savannah will see an increase in testosterone. There's a new program at Marshpoint Elementary to get more dads involved in their child's education.

Moms continue to be the dominant volunteer in the district's schools. To change the ratio, Marshpoint Elementary is joining a national program called Watch D.O.G.S. or Dads Of Great Students to get more role models inside the school.

As 1st grader Chloe Flynn heads to her classes at Marshpoint she's not surprised to see her dad out in the hallway.

"He sits with me at lunch, he looks in my classroom sometimes," said Chloe.

The seven-year-old said it's really nice when her dad is able to take time from work and spend it at her school.

"It's really special," said Chloe.

Shawn Flynn wants more dads to sign up for Watch D.O.G.S. and get inside the school to see how their presence really makes a difference, especially to kids who might not have a father at home.

"Little things like giving a high five, or throwing knuckles, or tying a shoe, or saying hey great job swinging, just little things and the kids will gravitate [towards you]," said Flynn.

Studies show children living in father-absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade. Rose Harper who works with parent engagement facilitators in the Savannah-Chatham school district said involved parents can help children succeed.

"It has an impact on everything from behavior to academics when kids know that parents value school then kids know that schools important and they do better in school," said Harper.

The principal of Marshpoint Elementary, Lynne Phillips, said she hopes the Watch D.O.G.S. program will make more dads comfortable coming to school.

"We're going to ask them to help us with morning duty, greeting the children, getting them in the classrooms, we are going to ask them to help with lunch duty, sit and have lunch with your child," said Phillips.

Flynn said he understands parents are busy but taking time to find out more about your child is worth it. 

"Sometimes it's neat to see it in person, they are playing with different kids, or they are doing different things, and as a parent you can ask better questions about what they are doing," said Flynn.

The first Watch D.O.G.S. information session at Marshpoint Elementary is Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All fathers and father-figures are invited.

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