HORIZON CITY, Texas — It's an effort keep their kids safe, but organizers for Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) said they're bringing dad's onto campus also to be a bigger part of their children's lives.
When this program starts Monday at Horizon Heights Elementary School, there will only be two schools in the Borderland with an initative like Watch D.O.G.S.
They came to protect their children and they came by the hundreds.
"I was overwhelmed and very excited about the turnout," said Horizon Heights Principal Jim Vasquez. "Usually at parent mtgs we have about 30-40 parents show up".
Wednesday night was first meeting for the Watch D.O.G.S. group at Horizon Heights Elementary School.
It's a group of dads and father figures who want to make sure school is a safe place for their kids.
The program started in 1998 and is now in more than 2600 schools nationwide.
"It's basic instinct instinct for any father to want to protect their children," Robert Avila said. He's the organizer for Watch D.O.G.S.
He's impressed that about 300 concerned fathers showed up.
"I think in general the community in El Paso were very family oriented and all fathers have been looking for a way to get involved in kids lives," Avila said.
It's about more than walking the halls and making calls in case of an emergency.
"It's about kids feeling safe at their school," said Vasquez.
Bringing a community, a school and families closer together whether or not there's ever an emergency.