Teacher helping boys become Gentlemen

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in A Featured Post, A Gentleman's Code, A Gentleman's Rules

South Carolina Gentlemans club

In a South Carolina an Elementary School,  Raymond Nelson, is teaching nearly 60 students the fine points of Chivalry.  The student support specialist at Memminger Elementary School in Downtown Charleston, works with at-risk children.  Over the winter break he was came up with the idea of “A Gentleman’s Club” to teach the kids life lessons. Their motto is “Look good, feel good, do good.”

Nelson’s logic was if the boys dressed for success, they might act differently.  “When was the last time you saw someone fighting in a tuxedo?” Nelson Questioned.

The kids eat up the compliments they receive every Wednesday when they wear their Sunday best, and they perform at a higher level when knowing someone cares about them. Nelson is collecting a stash of donated jackets, vest, and ties for the kids who don’t have their own. Making sure that any boy who wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.

Each week they discuss topics of Chivalry like making eye contact, shaking hands, holding the door, and address their elders. When discussing women, he basis the lessons on how they should treat their mothers, sisters, and teachers. “I know a lot of them struggle because a lot of them don’t have men at home, so I just want them to grow up and think of the things that I teach them,” Nelson said.

Nelson himself was part of a similar group as a child after being encouraged by his mother.
“It helped me to be a better man and I could spread the knowledge to the young boys,” Nelson said.
Charleston County School District officials say they want other local schools to begin Gentleman’s programs in their schools because of the success it has had at Memminger.

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