5th Annual Tea and Tie Program

Mr. Bedel Saget uses a novel approach in assisting his young mentee to succeed in getting his tie, tied properly.
Mr. Bedel Saget uses a novel approach in assisting his young mentee to succeed in getting his tie, tied properly.
The LUNA Reflections Mission is to provide programs that encourage and support girls/young women to reach their greatest possibility.
The LUNA Reflections Mission is to provide programs that encourage and support girls/young women to reach their greatest possibility.
Mentors from the MALIK Fraternity volunteer their time and remind our young Project Excel Men of the importance of academic excellence, social responsibility, and community service.
Mentors from the MALIK Fraternity volunteer their time and remind our young Project Excel Men of the importance of academic excellence, social responsibility, and community service.
After an informative workshop designed to have our young ladies develop positive self-images, each sat for a portrait.
After an informative workshop designed to have our young ladies develop positive self-images, each sat for a portrait.

On Friday, March 24th, 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, participated in wise-decision making exercises, and worked on their team building skills. 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.

The young ladies enjoyed an equally impressive program. Keynote speaker Alexandra Leftridge, from LUNA Reflections, Inc. presented an informative workshop designed to have girls develop positive self-images.  Our young ladies participated in discussions, cooperative learning activities and the creation of a vision board.

“The thoughtful planning and flawless execution made the evening a memorable learning experience for each student lucky enough to be a part of Project Excel,” said Superintendent Bennardo in his weekly newsletter. “Helping our young ladies understand the common courtesies of etiquette, while teaching our young male students how to tie a necktie, was important to their overall social development. The team building, sense of pride, and genuine enthusiasm was on grand display the entire evening.”

We would like to commend our Project Excel Coordinators on helping to ensure the evening was such a success: coordinators Ian Denson, Jennifer DeNoble, Maria Colon, Shaka Williams, and Roberto Torres. And of course, Solange Rich for her excellent work with Project Excel. We want to especially thank our social work interns for all their hard work as well:  Amanda Bono, Matthew Barthwell, Danielle Busch, Jessica Caporaso, Nicholas Crovello, Robert Danielson, Alexandra D'Orio, Eric Falkman, Ximena Gutierrez, Alicia Centamore Freda, and Martine Macdonald.

A special thanks to our partners from LUNA Reflections, Inc., Malik Fraternity, Ace Hardware, Brio, and Pollo Campero for making the evening extra special.  

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