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DETROIT — Brenda Scott Academy’s elementary school principal Ronnie Sim has started a “Gentleman’s Club” for boys to teach them not only the three Rs, respect, responsibility and reasoning, but manners as well.

Sims’ after-school program meets three times a week and students are required to wear jackets and ties.

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Now, the 80 boys of the Brenda Scott Academy’s Gentlemen’s Club gather twice a week in the gymnasium and learn to properly shake hands, maintain eye contact and dress neatly. In addition to Sims’s revamp of the three “R’s”, boys are also introduced to Sims’s four T’s; Take Time To Think. And there is a dress code: older boys are required to wear jackets and all the boys must don ties; the tying of which is a part of the club curriculum itself.

“What I hope is that these boys will break the cycle of male irresponsibility,” said Sims. “I want them to make better choices.”

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