Elementary school creates Distinguished Gentleman’s Club

Building leadership, values and academics in young men is the motto of the brand new Distinguished Gentleman’s Club at Marguerite Vann Elementary School in Conway.  

The program uses a variety of character and leadership methods to change students’ attitudes toward learning and inspire them to set attainable goals as they strive toward their personal hopes and dreams.

“I believe social responsibility and respect are just as important as academics,” said principal Bobby Walker.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Club targets male students in grades second through fourth.  Each month, students attend a special training focused on leadership skill development, academic success in the classroom and social responsibility.  

On the last Monday of each month, the students participate in Dress for Success Day. Each student is provided with a necktie and is encouraged to dress like a leader on these days. Dads in the school’s WATCH D.O.G.S. program volunteer their time on these mornings to help the students with their ties.  

The response has been overwhelming. “I appreciate all the school is doing to help transition my son into a young man and prepare him for middle school,” said parent Angela Chance.

“We hope this program will serve as a cornerstone for many of the leaders we will see in our community over the next 10-20 years. The skills the students are getting today will not only help them be successful in the classroom, but also in life,” said Jamille Rogers, a member of the Closing the Achievement Gap Committee for Conway Public Schools.

On Monday, May 16, the nearly 120 students will participate in a special completion ceremony. Parents and members of the community will be invited to celebrate in this time of accomplishment.