Smith Middle School invited fathers to join their son at the first Distinguished Gentleman Dinner held at the school on October 19. Attendees were dressed to impress in suits and ties while they enjoyed an evening with the theme of ‘What They See Is What They Will Be.’
The dinner was open to all young men at Smith and their male role models which ranged from fathers to uncles, grandfathers, pastors, godfathers, family friends and the male staff on campus. There were three keynote speakers that included David Moore with 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont who stressed to the fathers to support their son so they don’t become a statistic, local attorney Sean Samuel discussed his challenges and encouraged the boys to soar like the eagle and Michael Perez with Thrive Mortgage explained that with faith all things are possible.
“The dinner was a complete success with approximately 40 to 50 male representatives for our boys,” said Smith Adaptive Attitude teacher and event organizer Kevin Jackson. “It was a great night and the start of something big.” The men attending had the opportunity to meet the staff and witness first-hand how the campus is challenging students by exemplifying citizenship and preparing them for success. “This event was just one of many that our campus will host to connect with the community,” said Smith Interim Principal Shyulanda Randle-Filer. “Our campus community goal is to make a change and difference from within.”