Adam Nalley greeting kids at Maryville Elementary.
The crew from NBC Nightly News recording Adam Nalley greeting the Maryville Elementary students.
PIONEER VILLAGE, KY (WAVE) - A program that started last year in three Bullitt County schools to get dads and other male role models involved in the education of their children is now making the national spotlight.
On August 24, a crew from NBC Nightly News showed up at Maryville Elementary School to feature their Watch D.O.G.S. program and one special dad who is really making a difference.
"It's kinda crazy," said Adam Nalley, "but it's a great opportunity to show off Maryville School to show how great it is and talk about the Watch D.O.G.S. program."
Nalley is talking about the NBC crew that met him and his 9-year-old daughter, Layla, as they started their day at Maryville Elementary School Friday morning. The crew is doing a story on the school's 'Watch D.O.G.S. program. A way to get dads and other male role models involved in their kids' schools.
"It just gives me an opportunity to spend some time with my kids and interact at their school, learn about some things they're learning about and just be there, you know?" Nalley said. "It also gives me a chance to learn some stuff I had forgotten many years ago."
The Watch D.O.G.S. program started nationally in 1998. In 2011, three schools in Bullitt County started their own chapters. Nalley tries to volunteer at Maryville at least one day a month. On this day, Nalley started by greeting students at the door as they got off their buses and did it in front of a national news crew and WAVE 3.
Betty Marshall works at Maryville Elementary and said Nalley usually has a very active day when he volunteers.
"He will spend time in classrooms today, spend a lot of time in our cafeteria eating with children, helping them and motivating them during that time," said Marshall. "He also gets to spend time at recess. That's a big time for our Watch D.O.G.S. as well!"
"I've always tried to be involved with my kids," said Nalley. "From a young age coaching sports and things like that or just participating at school events, field days and stuff like that. So, it's just been a thing I've always done with them."
According to school officials, the involvement and attention to students that's been seen from dads like Nalley has improved the confidence and overall attitude of many kids and sometimes actually making a real difference in their lives.
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