Building leadership, values, and academics in young men is the motto of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Club at Marguerite Vann Elementary School. Research shows that when male students receive extra encouragement and support they are more successful in the classroom. This empowerment program uses a variety of character and leadership methods holistically integrated to help improve academic achievement and inspire them to set attainable goals for reaching their personal hopes & dreams.
This program is open to all young men at Vann Elementary in the third and fourth grade. Each month the program advisor, Jeremy Fox, hosts a special training day focused on leadership skill development, life skills and academic success in the classroom. The young men wear their business dress attire which consists of collared shirt, nice pants, and necktie.
In November 2016 the program was recognized nationally at Carnegie Corporation where program founder and school media specialist, Jamille Rogers was honored for her public service to education in Arkansas. The award and program caught the attention of The Adcock Family Foundation. After visiting the school and with some of the students, they decided to make a substantial contribution of $22,000 which was presented on Monday – May 8th at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Club Awards Ceremony.
The 50 Young Men of Leadership took part in a special awards ceremony. Throughout the school year they have shown a strong commitment to becoming a leader, they have excelled in the classroom, and they have demonstrated good morals and values. The awards program is being sponsored by Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier in Conway. Parents, program mentors and members of the community have been invited to share in this celebration of accomplishment.
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