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Chesterfield students wear neckties to learn the importance of professionalism

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A special group of young men are now part of a special group of leaders at a Chesterfield middle school.

Falling Creek hosted its annual necktie ceremony Tuesday afternoon. It is all part of the school's mentoring program called Young Gentlemen of the Creek.

The ceremony allows the sixth through eighth graders to shop through neckties, which are donated from successful men all over the city, including Governor McAuliffe, Richmond mayor-elect Levar Stoney, and even some men at NBC 12.

The young gentlemen, who are chosen based on their leadership skills, pick out their favorite neckties and, with the help of men throughout the community, learn how to correctly tie them.

The program is all about looking and being professional.

"It's important so that other people can look at you and they can say 'Oh, he's a good person,' or 'Oh, he's going to be successful.' But if you're looking bad, then other people might not think that," said participant Tasmaiy Patel.

"With our students being so diverse, them being minorities, sometimes there is a stigma placed on our students, and the expectation is lowered. But we want to provide them the opportunity to be their best self," said group advisor Paul Jackson.

The young gentlemen will soon put their new ties to good use. They must dress professionally at school twice a month.

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