Sixth Annual Tea & Ties Mentoring Evening

After an informative workshop called the ‘Fashion Police’ our Project Excel Ladies settled in to a delicious dinner and the Keynote presentation ‘Click & Don’t Clique.’
After an informative workshop called the ‘Fashion Police’ our Project Excel Ladies settled in to a delicious dinner and the Keynote presentation ‘Click & Don’t Clique.’
Social Work Intern Marc Etts works with one of his student mentees on getting a perfect knot while having the small end of the tie end up a little shorter.
Social Work Intern Marc Etts works with one of his student mentees on getting a perfect knot while having the small end of the tie end up a little shorter.
Mr. Bedel Saget, from Malik Fraternity, reviews with his group of Project Excel mentees about Pro Soccer player Lionel Messi in the Character Profile Discussion portion of the evening. The group then presented their findings about positive role models in front of the audience.
Mr. Bedel Saget, from Malik Fraternity, reviews with his group of Project Excel mentees about Pro Soccer player Lionel Messi in the Character Profile Discussion portion of the evening. The group then presented their findings about positive role models in front of the audience.
The LUNA Reflections Mission is to provide programs that encourage and support girls/young women to reach their greatest possibility. Founder Ms. Cynthia Quinlan, along with daughter Alexandra Leftridge, and Crystal Leftenant provided a focused evening for our young ladies.
The LUNA Reflections Mission is to provide programs that encourage and support girls/young women to reach their greatest possibility. Founder Ms. Cynthia Quinlan, along with daughter Alexandra Leftridge, and Crystal Leftenant provided a focused evening for our young ladies.
Alexandra Leftridge, from LUNA Reflections talks with our Project Excel Ladies about being ‘Your Best You.”
Alexandra Leftridge, from LUNA Reflections talks with our Project Excel Ladies about being ‘Your Best You.”
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. In this team building activity, a blindfolded student gets instructions from his team members to build the tallest pyramid. The team in this photo went on to become the eventual winners with a five-story construction.
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. In this team building activity, a blindfolded student gets instructions from his team members to build the tallest pyramid. The team in this photo went on to become the eventual winners with a five-story construction.

On Friday, January 12th, 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 Dr. 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 Cynthia Quinlan and daughter 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.

We would like to commend our Project Excel Coordinators on helping to ensure the evening was such a success: coordinators Ian Denson (BW), Maria Colon (MW), Shaka Williams (SW), Jen DeNoble (SMS) and Roberto Torres (WW). And of course, Bidania Criscuolo for her excellent work with Project Excel. We want to especially thank our social work interns for all their hard work as well:  Nicholas Aprigliano, Wesly Bazemore, Kristie Bohn, Lisbel Collado, Marc Etts, Maria Jaramillo, Michael Rivera, Jonathan Rosen, Marisa Seslowsky, Ashley N. Smith, Bridget Vaher, Daniela Venegas, Ana Alicia Walsh.

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