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Program helps men get more involved in schools

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LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -

Teachers and administrators need all the help they can get, and a program aims to get men more involved in the education of youngsters.

WATCH DOGS, which stands for Dads of Great Students, was started after a school shooting in Jonesboro, AR, injured 10 and killed five. The program, which is in more than 2,600 schools in 42 states, helps get dads, grandfathers, uncles and father figures into classrooms.

"They really are rock stars," said Kyle Palmer, principal at Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Liberty. "Kids talk about them all day."

Andy Roffman said he is glad to participate. The goal is to have a male figure in each school each day.

"It's exhausting. I had no idea," Roffman said. "I don't know how the teachers do it every day."

Both Roffman and Palmer said last week's mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school put their work in perspective and they hope they can help prevent future tragedies.

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