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Guys with Ties is a leadership group for third grade boys under the direction of Beyond The Game and partnered with Kent Hamilton, Michi Thomas and faculty located in each school. The Guys with Ties program started during the 2016-2017 school year at Middlebranch Elementary with 35 students. Due to the success of the program, Guys with Ties has grown to over 50 students at Middlebranch and a new group was started this year at Avondale Elementary with 20 students. 

The group’s motto is “Look good, feel good, DO good.” Third grade boys who are a part of the group have agreed to give up their recess and lunch to participate in a monthly luncheon. On these days, the boys are dressed for success in matching shirt and ties that they wear at school.  During the luncheon, lessons are delivered on Dining Etiquette, Showing Respect to the Elderly/Females, Community Service, Importance of Saying Thank You, Introducing Yourself, Goal Setting, and more!  Guest speakers from the community have also joined the luncheons to share their personal experiences with the students.

Guys with Ties reflects the Professional Performance focus area by helping students to be college and career ready.  The goal of our Guys with Ties program is to grow our young boys into gentleman by teaching them the skills to be successful in society. During our monthly luncheons, students participate in lessons on how to properly give a handshake, how to tie a tie, the importance of first impressions, dining etiquette and more. These skills will set our students up to be successful with whatever career path they choose.

When students are dressed for success, they have improved confidence while at school. Being a part of a group gives the students a purpose and accountability for their actions. Self-esteem is also improved. We believe all of these characteristics leads to academic improvement while at school.

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