DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – The Little Gents Club is helping teach young boys at Brunson-Dargan Elementary School how to be successful both now and as adults.
The student-members of the Little Gents Club are learning and practicing skills that is not found in textbooks. They are participating in dedicated learning on respect, responsibility, manners, appropriate professional attire and other related skills.
"We are learning how to be respectful, use table manners and how to be respectful to ladies. It makes me feel like a gentleman," said Lamont Bivens, a fifth grade member of the club.
Physical Education teacher, Joseph Gainey and School Resource Officer, Keith Cauthen, founded the club earlier this school year in hopes of providing positive learning experiences for the young boys that could translate into their futures.
"I came up with the idea after realizing there is some lack of positive male figures in the community," said Gainey.
Both Gainey and Cauthen have worked with the boys helping them learn about tying a tie, table manners, and holding an open door for others.
Cauthen says he was up to the challenge when it came to helping get the club started. "I was all for it. I only had my mom when I was growing up, so I know what it's like. We want to do anything we can to help these kids out," said Cauthen.
Every morning, at 7:30 a.m., the club's inaugural members meet to discuss their purpose and to gain focus for the day ahead.
"It makes me feel like I'm learning how to be a real gentleman and how to ask for help when you need if I need it," said Teo Goodson, a fifth grade member of the club.
For more information visit www.darlington.k12.sc.us.