Staff Hall Monitor Lori Marcello, left, shows the ropes to Moses Delgado, right, on his first day of volunteering at Tortolita Middle School, 4101 W. Hardy Road in Tucson, AZ. Delgado, who has two kids at the school, is a part of the WATCH D.O.G.S. (DADS OF GREAT STUDENTS) a program that encourages dads to volunteer at the schools patrolling hallways and helping out staff. Photo taken Friday, November 1, 2013. Photo by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star.

Looking to make its hallways safer while involving parents in their kids’ education, Tortolita Middle School is calling in the D.O.G.S.

The Marana Unified School District school, at 4101 W. Hardy Road, is deploying dad volunteers on campus, participating in a national program called Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), joining 3,156 similar programs in 46 states.

Administrators have rounded up dads and other father figures to patrol its halls, fields and classrooms, adding a friendly yet authoritative presence.

The program is open to students’ dads or other father figures, including grandparents. Only males are eligible to participate.

Richard Cisneros, a 50-year-old corrections officer, volunteers Thursdays at the school, where his 13-year-old son, Jake, is in seventh grade.

“He enjoys it,” Richard Cisneros said of his son. “We had a big week last week. His friends gave me high-fives.”

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Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.