Tie tying, handshake lessons help Cleveland students prepare for life after school (photos)

Tie tying, handshake lessons help Cleveland students prepare for life after school (photos)
Cleveland Metropolitan School District students learn to tie a tie

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Eighty-five students at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine were recently taught “a vital skill in life,” according to one high school freshman.

The group taught the male students how to properly tie a tie, developing eye contact, delivering a firm handshake, and tips for finding a mentor; all tips that could be beneficial in adulthood.

Each student picked two ties from a donated collection that consists of over 1,000 pieces of neckwear. Volunteers helped the students with tying the ties and taught them other ways to tie them as well.

“I feel like I look better when I wear a tie,” junior Javantay said.

Robert Whitsett, a luxury bowtie seller, was there to help with the initiative. He told the students that ties help them stand out.

“It sets the tone around you,” Whitsett said. “It sets a mindset.”

Getting Our Babies to College 101 was founded by education consultant Jowan Smith. Her emphasis on making a good first impression is targeted towards young men ages 6 to 21.

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