A teacher establishes the ‘Gentleman’s Club’ to impart life lessons to young boys who do not have a father at home

A teacher in South Carolina is going above and beyond to assist young boys in his neighborhood grow into young gentlemen.

Every Wednesday, almost 60 Memminger Elementary School kids dress for success and gather for the “Gentleman’s Club.”

Raymond Nelson works as a student assistance specialist at Memminger Elementary in Charleston, South Carolina. He works with at-risk youth and had an idea over winter break to teach his students life skills.

“I was thinking maybe if I have the boys dress for success,” Nelson said to WCSC-TV. “When was the last time you saw someone fighting in a tuxedo?”

The Gentlemen’s Club was founded by Nelson. Their motto is: “Look good, feel good, do good.”

Every Wednesday, dozens of first through fifth graders arrive at school dressed to the nines.

“I know a lot of them struggle because a lot of them don’t have men at home, so I just want them to grow up and think of the things that I teach them,” Nelson said. “They like the reaction of walking up to classrooms and say, ‘Oh, you look so nice and handsome,’ they just love it.”

Nelson also has a supply of donated jackets, vests, and ties on hand at school for students who do not have their own.

“A lot of my students perform well when they know someone cares about them,” Nelson said.

They discuss a new topic each week, such as how to shake hands, make eye contact, open doors, and address their elders.

Nelson told WCSC-TV that because some of the younger boys still think girls have “cooties,” he bases his lessons and examples on how they would treat sisters, mothers, and teachers.

Nelson stated that he attended a similar club as a child at the behest of his mother.

“It helped me to be a better man and I could spread the knowledge to the young boys,”  he said.

The Gentleman’s Club has been so successful at Memminger that Charleston County School District administrators want other nearby schools to start their own Gentleman’s Clubs.