Personal Empowerment Highlight Tea & Ties

Social Worker Intern Ms. Tamiel Murray talks with our young ladies about dressing for success.
Social Worker Intern Ms. Tamiel Murray talks with our young ladies about dressing for success.
left to right at the annual Tea & Tie Program: Superintendent Dave Bennardo, Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins, three representatives from Links, Inc., Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, and South Huntington Social Workers Ventura Trent, and  Patty Urgiles
left to right at the annual Tea & Tie Program: Superintendent Dave Bennardo, Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins, three representatives from Links, Inc., Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, and South Huntington Social Workers Ventura Trent, and Patty Urgiles
Young men worked on a lesson about dressing professionally.
Young men worked on a lesson about dressing professionally.
These two students are better listeners when good food is part of the evening.
These two students are better listeners when good food is part of the evening.
Ms. Murray leads a discussion on dressing for success at each table of young ladies.
Ms. Murray leads a discussion on dressing for success at each table of young ladies.

On Thursday, May 23, our Project Excel team hosted their annual “Tea and Ties” program at Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center.  This very special tradition, spearheaded by Ms. Ventura Trent, Ms. Patty Urgiles, Ms. Marijean Scardapane, and Mr. David Perkins, treats our students to an evening of mentoring from dedicated graduates and adults throughout the local communities.  Through the partnership with one of our parents, Mr. Bedel Saget, Sr., our young men met with members of the Malik Fraternity Inc., and listened to inspirational stories of character, wise-decision making, and personal initiative.  This year’s program included a discussion of “Boys to Men,” “Staying Fit,” “Professional Swag,” “Relationships Matter,” and “Making it Happen.”  The activities for the gentlemen also included a lesson in professional dress, which involved an important tutorial on the appropriate method for tying a tie.

The young ladies enjoyed an equally impressive program, through the leadership of the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Links, Inc.  This special evening of activities included lessons on the importance of first impressions, personal reflections, social protocols, and personal empowerment. The important discussions covered topics ranging from using the right language to presenting a positive image and stimulated wonderful conversations for all to ponder.  We would like to commend our Project Excel Coordinators—Ms. Ventura Trent, Ms. Patty Urgiles, Ms. Marijean Scardapane, and Mr. David Perkins—for organizing this popular activity.  Special thanks to Dr. Scott Muller, Dr. Christy Baralis, social worker interns Silvia Gallegos, Kristeena Pascale, Tamiel Murray, and graduate student Michael Toomey, for assisting with the program.  We also appreciate the efforts of Andrew George and Dashaun Thomas for providing such inspirational words for our students.