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Travis Thorson spent the day volunteering at St. Mary's School in Alexandria last week as part of the Watch D.O.G.S. program that encourages dads to become more involved in their child's education. Thorson, who has a 1st and 3rd grader at the school, is shown doing a science experiment with some 5th graders. Tara Bitzan | Echo Press

Watch D.O.G.S. are looking out for St. Mary's students

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Numerous studies have shown that children do better academically when their fathers are involved in their school.

If that's true, many students at St. Mary's School in Alexandria will be getting straight A's this year.


This fall, St. Mary's School implemented the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program.

The goal of the national initiative is to get dads more involved in their child's education. (See sidebar for background on the program.)

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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