Thursday Northwest Star preview: Middle school calls on dads to be 'watchdogs'

2013-11-06T15:00:00Z Thursday Northwest Star preview: Middle school calls on dads to be 'watchdogs'By Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star 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.”

For the rest of the story, check out tomorrow's Northwest Star. 

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.

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The Star's Northwest team, Tiffany Kjos and Phil Villarreal, write this blog, which focuses on all of northern Pima County, including Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley, Oro Valley and Catalina; and SaddleBrooke in Pinal County. They welcome contributions via email at

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