On Monday, February 11, NBC's TODAY Show included a segment featuring the WatchDOGs (Dads of Great Students) program in Berkeley County Schools.
The WatchDOGs program is an innovative father involvement educational initiative. The program’s goals include using dads as volunteers in schools as positive male role models for students and providing extra sets of eyes and ears while they are assisting to enhance safety measures. The complete program outline can be found at www.fathers.com/watchdogs. Jodi Westrope is the parent coordinator for WatchDOGS in Berkeley County Schools. Along with another dad, Jodi started this program in BCS 7 years ago. The following BCS schools now have WatchDOG programs: Berkeley Heights Elementary, Orchard View Intermediate, Hedgesville Middle School, Eagle School Intermediate, Mill Creek Intermediate, Valley View Elementary, Martinsburg South Middle, and Martinsburg North Middle.
The interviewing and filming took place on January 8, 2013 at Orchard View Intermediate, Hedgesville Middle, and Berkeley Heights Elementary Schools. Matt Lauer, the host of the TODAY Show, interviewed WatchDOG fathers along with their children. In addition, Eric Snow, the National Director of the WatchDOG program, was interviewed.