Andersen Elementary helping to create the next generation of gentlemen

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There's a new type of club at Anderson Elementary School called Next Generation of Gentlemen. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There's a new type of club at Anderson Elementary School called Next Generation of Gentlemen. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The kids learn how to tie a tie in the club. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The kids learn how to tie a tie in the club. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The boys have learned how to shake hands properly and make eye contact. (Source: 3TV/ CBS 5) The boys have learned how to shake hands properly and make eye contact. (Source: 3TV/ CBS 5)
Right now, the club is only at Anderson Elementary School. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Right now, the club is only at Anderson Elementary School. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Something special is happening at Andersen Elementary School in Chandler.

Torie Brown, a fifth-grade teacher there, started a new club called Next Generation of Gentlemen.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do, working with youth just giving them that extra boost, that extra confidence. Maybe some of them need a role model, an extra push in school," Mr. Brown said.

The club is open to fourth and fifth-grade boys.

So far, they've learned to shake hands properly, make eye contact and they're still working on learning how to tie a tie.

"This entire experience is my first time using a tie," said club member and fifth-grade student Raul Acevedo.

The club is in its first year. They meet once a week after school and on those days the young gentlemen-in-training are required to dress up and wear a tie.

"Makes me feel like a gentleman, more of a gentleman," said fifth-grade student Brayden Flores.

Each meeting is different. They've had a visit from a professional already and plans are in the works to have a police officer come by also.

"They were scared of them, so I thought maybe we need to get some of these guys in so they can see that they're good guys," Brown said.

A big part of the group discussions center around what makes up gentlemanly behavior, things like being respectful, thoughtful and caring.

They are characteristics Brown says we could stand to see more of.

"It is lacking and I have three daughters and I see it in the schools how the boys act," said Brown.

The goal is to take everything they've learned from the club and apply it in their real lives, whether it's settling a disagreement on the playground or improving their behavior at home and it's working.

"I've been a lot more respectful and calm," said Takoda Rivers, a fifth-grade student.

Right now, the club is only at Andersen Elementary but Brown would love to see it expand. And the boys said they're all just happy to be a part of it.

"It makes me feel good, 'cause then if somebody asks me to be a gentleman I can teach them," Acevedo said.

For more information on the club, or details on how you can help you can reach Mr. Brown at brown.torie@cusd80.com

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