HAMLET – In November, Joyce McRae, who is the principal of Fairview Heights Elementary in Hamlet, wanted to create a way to positively motivate her male students.
Along with assistant principal Tonjua Chapman, and school social worker Evonne Moore, the trio established the “Bow Tie Boys.” This group’s focus is to allow a special group of the school’s male students to become role models for other students.
On meeting days, club “members dress for success” by wearing white dress shirts, bowties, and khaki pants. Farm Bureau of Richmond County partnered with the school to support this initiative by donating $250 to purchase the outfits for the boys. In addition, The Golden Rule and JCPenney also offered discounts to help the school purchase the clothes they needed within their budget.
The Bowtie Boys Club meets for inspirational activities, and a successful role model serves as a guest speaker each month. Last month, Representative Garland Pierce served as guest speaker and spoke about his pathway to success. Pierce also talked to students about recognizing their potential and working hard to achieve their dreams.
For the month of December, Richmond Senior High School varsity football coach Bryan Till brought 13 varsity football players to speak to the students about overcoming daily challenges and what it takes to be a leader.
Throughout the year, a varsity football player will team up with each of the 13 members of the Bowtie Boys Club to serve as a mentor by offering their support and guidance.
The Bowtie Boys Club will also continue to meet with future guest speakers. Some of the topics that will be discussed at the meetings include: how to properly address others (proper handshake, eye contact, being friendly), giving back to the community and how to handle challenging situations in and out of the classroom.