What is WATCH D.O.G.S.?

WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. Since the program’s creation in 1998, more than 6,800 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. Who are WatchDOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.

Watch DOGS Lunch -

Last Friday of every month

Calling all McGowen "Dads of Great Students"!  Come enjoy lunch with your child during their scheduled lunchtime and make sure to wear your WatchDOGS shirt if you have one. This is open to all dads at McGowen whether you have signed up for a full day of WatchDOGS duty or not.

WatchDOGS lunches will take place on the last Friday of each month for the remainder of the school year.

Got questions? Reach out to our WatchDOGS chair Craig McClain at craigmcclain@gmail.com.

Look forward to seeing you there.


Friday - January 27

Friday - February 24

Friday - March 31

Friday - April 28

Meet our Watch DOGS Chair - Craig McClain

Hi, my name is Craig McClain and I have lived in McKinney for 18 years. My wife and I have had kids at McGowen for 6 years. My oldest is now at Evans Middle School and youngest is in 2nd grade. This is my first year on the PTA board and I’m looking forward to a great year leading Dads of Great Students!

Who are Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)?

Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures serve on campus for one day or many each year under the leadership of our Watch DOGS Chair and under the guidance of a school principal or designated administrator. Our program speaks directly to those care-givers and guardians who are statistically less likely to come onto campus to volunteer.

All you have to do is complete an MISD background check and reach out to our Watch DOGS Chair (see above).