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Martinsburg man named 'Champion of Change'

June 15, 2011|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com
  • Dan Jenkins, a single parent of three children, was named a "Champion of Change" this week as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future program.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Dan Jenkins, a single parent of three children, this week was named a “Champion of Change,” part of President Obama’s Winning the Future program.

The president’s initiative singles out citizens and representatives of business and nonprofit organizations who promote the president’s goal to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world,” according to a White House news release.

Jenkins, of Martinsburg, was chosen as a representative among fathers who are there for their children and community, the release said.

He was honored in a program Tuesday in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and will be featured on the White House website.

Jenkins, 44, is an active-duty master sergeant in the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg.

He has been in the military for 22 years, he said.

“I’m a ... parent of three wonderful kids,” he said, Monica, who is 13, Abby, 11, and Joshua, 10.

Jenkins, a member of the PTA, introduced Watch D.O.G.S, an acronym for Dads of Great Students, in the Berkeley Heights Elementary School in 2006. Since then, seven local schools have joined the effort, he said.

Berkeley County is the only county in the state with the program, Jenkins said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“It’s active in 40 states,” he said.

Today, more than 1,000 Berkeley County fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and uncles volunteer as role models to help with school activities, ranging from school entrance and lunch-room monitoring, school-bus duty and helping out in the classroom, he said.

Watch D.O.G.S. fathers and other role models volunteer one full day a year in the schools.

“It is a privilege to represent the Watch D.O.G.S., an honor to be recognized by the White House and to have been able to participate in the roundtable discussions,” Jenkins said.

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