Parents stand up to make schools safer

Updated: Thursday, March 7 2013, 07:31 AM EST
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BATTLE CREEK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut has hundreds of Battle Creek parents taking action Wednesday night.

Instead of waiting for funding to pay for more security, they’re thinking about what they can do right now.

The Watch D.O.G.S. program brings in volunteer fathers, grandfathers and even uncles in your school.

They hope it will impact the children in ways you might night have thought of.

Concerned parent and police sergeant Brad Palmer is working with Principal Denise Myers to bring the international program, Watch D.O.G.S. to Battle Creek.

It’s a program already endorsed by the PTA and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan.

“Dads are in the hallways were on the playgrounds were at recess were in the classroom. They're our eyes and ears not necessarily our security force but it is a great deterrent to have male figures in the building,” said Palmer.

They’ll not only greet whoever comes through the doors or walk the halls, but also become mentors.

“40% of all our kids will lay their heads down and not have their father in the home with them. You will have a very rigid schedule and you'll be busy all day long so it gives you an opportunity interact with all these wonderful kids and have a positive impact on their life,” said Palmer.

The hope after Wednesday night’s presentation is for hundreds to sign up for just one day.

“I'm pretty sure once they come and spend a day with kids they'll be back,” said Myers.

All of the volunteers will need to fill out applications and pass a background check.

Newschannel 3 plans to be at tonight’s meeting which starts at 6:30 p.m. and will have more for you tonight at 11 p.m.

You can learn more about the program by clicking here.
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