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Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys Mark First Day with Tie-Tying Ceremony


August 23, 2019 -- It’s the first hour, of the first day for 71 students first year at Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys.

“There is nothing like the beginning of the year and this tie-tying ceremony is a right of passage for these young men,” said Deputy Superintendent, Dr. John Stanford.

Students of the all boy school are lined up outside the courtyard with their collars popped, ready to add on the final part of their new professional uniform.

Together they will learn the ins and outs – and the overs and unders – of tying a tie.

6th grader Jaoshua, is sharing in this right of passage with his father. A special bonding moment for father and son.

“I think  it is an honor to be able to show him what I would consider a basic skill and to be able to pass that down to him as he gets older for school dances and eventually as he moves on to high school and college and get a job, he will be doing the same thing I taught him today and hopefully he will remember this,” said Bryan, Jaoshua’s father.

Jaoshua says he was nervous about making the transition to an all boys school, but says he believes the teachers and administrators at Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys will help him grow into a respectable young man.

“At first when my mom told me about it, I thought it was going to be uncomfortable and I’m going to have to wear suits and stuff,” Jaoshua says. “When I finally wore a suit, it was not that uncomfortable and I kind of got use to it. 

“Just to see the tie-tying ceremony and have my husband apart of that and help him with that it just means the world to us,” said Jaoshua’s mother, Demetra. 

Dr. Stanford says he believes it’s important that men from the community share in this tie-tying ceremony because it provides an aspiration for these young men to believe that they can achieve their dreams in life.

“To have a school like this to help them focus and to help them understand what it means to be a young adult and what it means to be a man is so important for them to focus on that,” Dr. Stanford says.

“When I grow up I have to be a leader, because all I have is my name,” said Jaoshua.