Three Hundred. That’s an impressive number when paired with the words WatchDog Volunteer. One amazing granddad in Rockingham County did just that and celebrated his 300th day as a WatchDog at Cub Run Elementary on the first Monday of 2016.
Poppy Caracofe has spent twelve years supporting both of his grandchildren, Kelly Caracofe, now a junior at Spotswood High, and Jacob Carson, currently a fifth grader at Cub Run, as a WatchDog. His days have been spent at Peak View Elementary, Cub Run, and Montevideo Middle School as he followed his grandchildren and supported them quietly with his presence in their school buildings.
Caracofe, described as “happy, very dependable and outgoing” by Amy Carpenter, Cub Run’s bookkeeper secretary, says he enjoys his ‘home’ at Cub Run.
“I’ve spent eight of my years at Cub Run and I love it!” he offers as he walks from breakfast duty on a snowy January morning. “I have breakfast (duty) here every morning,” he says, while Assistant Principal Todd Johnson chimes in, “for years and years and years.”
“He’s our true Cub Run cub!” says Tina Davidson. “If you ask him (to do anything), he’ll say 'yes'.”
When asked what his favorite part of being a WatchDog is, he replies with a huge smile, “just being with the kids.” Saying "yes" for three hundred days is an amazing gift to Rockingham students and teachers.
Referring to Montevideo Middle, Poppy says, “I’ll be heading up the hill next year,” and after a pause adds, “but I’ll always come back to Cub Run.”
Cub Run points to Poppy as an amazing example of what all WatchDog Dads represent--positive male role modeling by their presence. From all at Cub Run -- Poppy, your presence certainly has been a present. Thank you and congratulations!