McGavock students Wayne King, left, Emery Lankford and Michael Bowers
SOURCE: Tennessean.com If McGavock High School has had an image problem, there is a group of students committed to changing that. Starting with themselves. “It’s cool to dress up. It’s cool to be smart and get good grades,” senior Wayne King said. “It’s cool to speak articulately. You don’t have to be wearing baggy pants and throwing gang signs.” Taking responsibility for your life is the message of McGavock’s Gentlemen’s Association, a student founded and student run club that began with just a few who formed with a few the second semester last school year. The concept gained traction in a short amount time, forming a club with 10th grade English teacher Shannon Alexander as the sponsor and with about 15-25 students sticking it out, since one of the requirements is wearing a suit and tie on Fridays. This school year, 42 students had signed up as of early October, with those numbers still rising, according to Alexander. “They work on everything from image, to grades, to improving the way they speak and conduct themselves,” Alexander said. “They’ve talked to people in the community. They want to do community service, anything to better themselves, and they support each other.” Other than being a male, the only eligibility requirement is that improvement is made. And this year, a Ladies Association is in the planning stages. They also have a business plan… click here for the rest of this coolness: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091027/COUNTY010202/910280315/1194/McGavock+High+s+young+men+cultivate+better+image++better+grades++better+futures
This is the definition of “cool” to me. And to think, about a few weeks ago some students at Morehouse were upset about a new dress code that included pulling your pants up! I love it when the student becomes the teacher! Way to go WAYNE, EMERY AND MICHAEL!!!