Making Good Decisions Highlight Tea & Ties

Mentoring can be a rewarding experience as well as gaining a great sense of personal satisfaction.
Mentoring can be a rewarding experience as well as gaining a great sense of personal satisfaction.
“Understand that true beauty comes from being confident in my own skin.” – Renee D. Flagler of Girls, Inc.
“Understand that true beauty comes from being confident in my own skin.” – Renee D. Flagler of Girls, Inc.
Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Mr. David Perkins, from right respectively, join with district personnel and the evenings keynote speakers at the conclusion of this highly anticipated annual event.
Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Mr. David Perkins, from right respectively, join with district personnel and the evenings keynote speakers at the conclusion of this highly anticipated annual event.

On Friday, January 8th, our Project Excel team hosted their annual “Tea and Ties” program at Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center.  This very special tradition, initiated by Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris and Mr. David Perkins, treats our students to an evening of mentoring from dedicated graduates and adults from the local communities. 

Through the partnership with the Malik Fraternity Inc., our young men listened to inspirational stories of character, wise-decision making, and personal initiative.  This year’s keynote speaker was Mr. Martine McDonald. 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, which was greatly appreciated by our young men, "I liked it a lot... now I don't have to wear a clip on tie," offered Maplewood Excel student Amarr Hendrickson at the conclusion of the program.

The young ladies enjoyed an equally impressive program. Keynote speaker Renee Daniel Flagler, from Girls Inc. spoke about obtaining your dreams and having a positive self-image, and Ms. Harris led a discussion about the value of education.  This special evening of activities included a discussion about cell phone etiquette, appropriate attire for the occasion, and table manners. A special thanks to Ms. Ruth Jeudy from the Macy's Chanel Department who presented a make-up demonstration. The evening concluded with a self-esteem activity and pledge.

We would like to commend our Project Excel Coordinators on helping to ensure the evening was such a success: Maria Colon, Jennifer DeNoble, Roberto Torres, Shaka Williams, Ian Denson and Richard Garcia. We want to especially thank our social work interns for all their hard work as well:  Fernando Beltran, Jennifer Henningsen, Caitlin DeStefano, Georgia Koutouzis, Michele Lee, Judy Fischer, Brian Coyle, Patrice Shultz, Stacey Dorce and Lusaida Mercado Rosa

Thank you to the following sponsors whose support is greatly appreciated: the Malik Foundation, East Northport Fireside Deli and Caterers, and Monaco's Pizzeria.

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