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Dads making a difference at Sherman school

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High fives all around as Sory Elementary DOGS greet arriving students. (KTEN) High fives all around as Sory Elementary DOGS greet arriving students. (KTEN)
One of the Dads of Great Students ties the shoe of a Sory Elementary student. (KTEN) One of the Dads of Great Students ties the shoe of a Sory Elementary student. (KTEN)
A member of the Sory Elementary DOGS greets a student on Friday morning. (KTEN) A member of the Sory Elementary DOGS greets a student on Friday morning. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Father are making sure that their students at Sherman's Sory Elementary School start off Friday -- and the weekend -- on the right foot.

They call themselves DOGS -- Dads of Great Students. They're a branch of the PTA, and they work year-round.

"It's fun to be able to be there for them and let them know this is going to be a friendly, inviting place where we can build them up," said member Shannon Cain.

The DOGS' biggest duty? Friday morning patrol. They don't miss a door or a student, offering smiles, encouragement and high-fives.

"It's only 30 minutes out of a Friday morning," said DOGS coordinator Joey Morneau. "Putting a smile on the kid's face and letting them go on about their day."

DOGS is one of the Sherman Independent School District's longest-running programs. Many DOGS today have been involved from the start.

"We wanted to find a way to get dads involved, because I know dads always kind of want to be involved, but they're not always sure how," said Sory Principal Steven Traw.

And DOGS is always looking for more members to join their pack... to never miss a student on the way to class.

"It's a wonderful feeling just to be able to see the children come up," member Shonnon Hoagle said. "They could be having a bad day and you just made their day start out good by just being there... giving them a high five... sometimes you give them a hug every now and then."

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