The nearly 120 program participants were recently recognized for their commitment to making good choices, being school leaders, and working hard to be successful in the classroom.
The awards ceremony was sponsored by Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier and each student received a special lapel pin.
“We enjoy supporting the local schools and are excited to be a part of this prestigious program.” said co-owner Erik Sward.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s club is an empowerment program which uses a variety of character and leadership methods holistically integrated to change students’ attitudes toward learning and inspire them to set attainable goals as they strive toward their personal hopes & dreams.
Through this program male students in grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th have the opportunity to participate in leadership building activities and engage in conversations about having strong values and character.
Each month they also take part in Dress for Success Day; a day when they get to wear professional clothing and ties to school.
The club is led by Principal Bobby Walker with support from staff mentors and school Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students).
“Research has shown us that when students look good and feel good; they excel in the classroom. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Club is a tool we are using to teach social responsibility and to build future leaders.” said Principal Bobby Walker.
During the awards program several students shared why they liked being in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Club.
“I like when we get to dress up. It makes me feel important; like I am the president!” said third grader Kaden F.
“In the Distinguished Gentleman’s Club we learned how to do a firm handshake and we learned how to open doors for other people because that’s what gentlemen do.” said fourth grader Ben O.
The motto of Marguerite Vann Elementary’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Club is Building leadership, values and academics in young men and they are looking forward to doing it for many years to come.