Watch D.O.G.S

By Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 03/04 2014 09:21PM

Updated 03/04 2014 11:15PM

Greenville, Wis -

David Matz didn't clock in at the factory tonight, and Chad Lorenz wasn't making any sales. Instead, they were taking part in another job, the business of being dads. It's all part of a growing initiative, turning these men into "Watch Dogs."

        "Dogs stands for dads of great students," says Steve Gromala, the Principal at Hortonville Middle School.

Gromala is leading the charge, along with Greenville principal Travis Lawrence. To participate, the adads simply volunteer to help out in their children's schools.

        "On average we're told if we can get 25 or so fathers to participate in the program you're doing well," says Lawrence.

But at tuesday's introductory meeting, 70 fathers poured in to the Greenville Middle School.

        "Well this is my first time here so I think it's amazing to get the dad's more involved," says Matz. "Years back, they weren't involved."

Lorenz agrees with the new perception of today's father.

        "Showing that involvement is just a positive thing that shows you care and are interested in their lives and what they're doing," he says. 

And even with reputations on the line, the kids are more than open to the idea of having dad on desk over.

        "It'll feel nice cause I'll know he's there," said Matz's son Dennis. "And I can like show my friends how cool he is."

The program is open to fathers, grandfathers, step fathers...any father figure who can volunteer at least one day a year inside the classroom. The program is active right now in the Hortonville Area School District, along with nearly 4,000 other districts in 46 different states.

You can find more information on the program at 

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