Getting Involved

The WatchDOGS main goal is to provide an unobtrusive security presence, and to provide a positive and active role-model for children at Richland Elementary. Here you will find the different ways to make that happen when you join the WatchD.O.G.S. and get more involved with your children and their schoolmates:

WatchDOG Volunteer Day
Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles are asked to spend at least one day at school volunteering as security monitors, reading mentors, sports referees, listening ears or for whatever needs to be done to plant seeds of success in the lives of children. A full day is one of the most rewarding experiences you can every hope to have. You get the opportunity to really engage with children and see how much they enjoy you being there. Be warned: if you do one day, your child is always going to ask you when you are coming back for another.

WatchDOG Safety Day
This is similar to a WatchDOG Volunteer Day, but emphasis is placed on being the security monitor. The volunteer can still visit their child in the classroom, but a majority of the time is on walking the halls and perimeter of the school. This can be more advantageous than the Volunteer Day because there are various black-out days for them, whereas as long as the school is open a Safety Day can be done.

WatchDOG Patrol Zone (Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-Up)
Drop-offs and pick-ups are the busiest times at the school. Help is always needed to make sure that the children safely make it to their destination, either to the school or a vehicle. Directing cars, keeping the children clear of traffic and slowing down those in a hurry are just a few ways to ensure this. We like to try and sign-up WatchD.O.G.S. on a weekly basis.

Lunchroom Monitoring
The lunchroom is an area where WatchDOGS and volunteers alike are constantly needed. Helping to maintain order and assisting children with their lunch needs are jobs that are regularly welcomed. If possible, please consider routinely helping out one day a week, or more, in the lunchroom. Signup for a shift directly at the Richland Lunchroom page. You will also have the opportunity to share lunch with your child.

Teacher Assisting/Mentoring
A teacher may appreciate an extra hand around the classroom, assisting with various projects or just helping out around the classroom. If you have a special skill or interest, you could prove an invaluable resource to a special project. Mentoring a child or group of children in reading or math is always an option.

Special Events
Richland regularly hosts special events such as REEF Reading Night, Think Show and several others where a heighten security presence is required. In a few events, the WatchDOGS man the grills and make sure everyone gets feed! If you have a free evening or weekend, your generous commitment of a few hours can make a huge impact on the success of the event. Check out Richland’s Upcoming Events to see where you can help out!

Ready to be a WatchDOG?

  1. Click here to join our mailing list and give us your contact information and how you would like to particpate.
  2. Complete a Memphis City Schools background check. This can be done at school during normal hours, on the phone with Mrs. Nelson @ 416-2148 or download the form here and submit it to or the WatchD.O.G.S. box in the main office.
  3. It takes about two weeks for the background check to come back. If you do it at the school, please let us know so that we can check. Once we get it back we’ll tell and you’ll be on your way to keeping Richland Elementary a safe and fun environment!

Already a WatchDOG?
Head over to the Upcoming Events page and select a WatchDOG Day or special event. Or drop us a line and tell us how you’d like to participate.

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