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Volunteers needed for program to teach boys life skills


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A program which aims to teach boys life skills is in need of volunteers. Make the Knot was started in Commerce to help connect boys to men to learn life skills such as shaving and tying a tie. The goal is to teach at least 150 students at Commerce Middle School, however, the program currently only has about 20 volunteers.

“We need at least 30 more volunteers,” said organizer Bob Johnson. “That will give each volunteer about three boys to mentor. We have two Christmas trees in the office at Commerce Middle School with the names of boys in need on them. We’re asking men to come by and pick two or three boys to mentor from the tree.”


Johnson said all activities will be monitored by the parents on the school campus.

“On Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, the volunteers will meet with the boys on campus from 2:30 – 3:25 p.m. to teach them how to tie a tie,” he said. “On Dec. 5, we will have a lunch for the boys and their mentors from noon – 1 p.m., wherein the boys will be presented with a new tie to keep.”

Those who would like to volunteer can do so by stopping at the middle school between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 903-886-3795.

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Amanda Cutshall
Amanda Cutshall is the managing editor of eExtra News. She has been in the news business since graduating university four years ago, originally starting at The Paris News and eventually moving over to eExtra News to reach a larger readership...