Wear a Tie with Pride

Tyreon Clark was born and raised in Bowling Green, KY. Clark ended up coming back to his own elementary school, Parker Bennet Curry, as the Student Relationship Coordinator after graduating from Austin Peay University with his undergraduate degree and then graduating from Western Kentucky University with his masters degree. "You dont see a lot of young men that come back and give back to their community" Clark said. He is in charge of the Boys to Men Leadership program at Parker Bennet, where the boys who behaved good the previous week get to wear a tie if they wear a collared shirt to school on Fridays. "We're trying to teach them to be responsible in and out of the classroom" Clark said. The program has 20-70 young men who participate each week. Clark also helped establish a program for the young women of Parker Bennet called "Girls with Pearls." Clark wants the kids to realize that "life is bigger then the situation you're living in."

 Tyreon Clark lines up his Boys to Men Leadership students before they go to class at Parker-Bennet-Curry Elementary School. Clark gives each of his kids a handshake or high-five. "It's up to people like me to be responsible for the development of programs like this,” Clark said about the leadership programs he is involved with. 

Tyreon Clark lines up his Boys to Men Leadership students before they go to class at Parker-Bennet-Curry Elementary School. Clark gives each of his kids a handshake or high-five. "It's up to people like me to be responsible for the development of programs like this,” Clark said about the leadership programs he is involved with. 

 George Kibawa (right) is an 8 year-old at Parker Bennet Curry who enjoys wearing a tie on Fridays. "I like dressing up with Mr. Clark" Kibawa said.

George Kibawa (right) is an 8 year-old at Parker Bennet Curry who enjoys wearing a tie on Fridays. "I like dressing up with Mr. Clark" Kibawa said.

 Anordi Bizma wears his tie on Friday Feb. 2, 2018 at Parker Bennet Curry. All the ties the students wear are donated from the community.  

Anordi Bizma wears his tie on Friday Feb. 2, 2018 at Parker Bennet Curry. All the ties the students wear are donated from the community.  

 Tyreon Clark fixes a tie on Anordi Bizma, a 7 year-old student at Parker Bennet Curry elementary school. Clark hopes to spread the Boys to Men leadership program throughout all Warren County. 

Tyreon Clark fixes a tie on Anordi Bizma, a 7 year-old student at Parker Bennet Curry elementary school. Clark hopes to spread the Boys to Men leadership program throughout all Warren County.