Heroes of the Hallways

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at Malibu. During the day, they may read and work on flash cards with kids, play at recess, eat lunch with their child, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow, mentor students, and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their child(ren), but other students as well.

WATCH D.O.G.S. is a nationally-recognized family and community engagement educational iniative that fosters the following benefits:

  • Students gain positive male role models who demonstrate by their presence that education is important.
  • Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
  • Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
  • Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, teachers are often presented with larger classrooms each year. WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers provide real and important help for teachers and students.
  • Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father-figure provides an additional deterrent to bullying, enhances a sense of security in the building, and helps to create an environment conducive to learning.


The following is an example of a typical WATCH D.O.G.S. day at Malibu:

8:30 AM


Begin your day at Malibu by parking in the reserved WATCH D.O.G.S. parking space. Make sure to wear your official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt!

8:30 AM


The WATCH D.O.G.S. coordinator will greet you at the front desk where you will receive your orientation paperwork, a detailed schedule for the day, and a nametag.

8:35 AM

Greet Students

Assist Malibu staff in front of the building with arriving buses and students.

8:50 AM

Morning Announcements

You will be welcomed to Malibu during the morning announcements. Your child or children will be asked to take a picture with you for our WATCH D.O.G.S. Wall of Fame.

9:00 AM

Classroom #1

Assist the teacher and help out in your child's classroom.

10:00 AM

Classroom #2

Assist the teacher and help out in the classroom.

11:00 AMBreak
11:15 AM


Eat lunch in the cafeteria with your child. Help students by opening items, answering questions, talking and visiting with them.

12:30 PM


Assist with recess outside.

1:30 PM

Classroom #3

Assist the teacher and help out in the classroom.

2:30 PM

Classroom #4

Assist the teacher and help out in the classroom.

3:05 PMBreak
3:20 PM

Student Dismissal

Assist staff with student dismissal at the parent pick-up car loop.

3:45 PM


Return your nametag to the WATCH D.O.G.S. coordinator.

Ready to get Involved?


Click the button above to visit https://appgarden5.app-garden.com/VolTrackVA128.nsf/Home.xsp to sign up!

1. Set up an account through the website above.

2. Click "Opportunities Listing," and look for a WATCH D.O.G.S. shift that works for you.

3. After signing up for a shift, you will be contacted with more information.