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School Boosts Attitudes With Wardrobe Upgrade

'TIE Tuesday' Making Positive Impact on Florida Students 1:12

For some people, the way they dress and the way they feel all “ties” together. Administrators at a Tampa elementary school took that literally with the introduction of “Tie Tuesdays” for students. Potter Elementary School’s behavior specialist Cedric Mitchell introduced a program called TIE — "Teaching Integrity Through Entrepreneurship," in order to encourage male students to have “positive behavior at all times,” he told NBC affiliate WESH.

Potter principal Krystal Carson said the idea behind "Tie Tuesdays" — in which students down neckties — was to “build good character,” but the once-a-week wardrobe upgrade has done more than that. Grade tracking shows that “we’re seeing an increase in their reading achievement and also in their math,” Carson said. While the school already has a uniform policy, according to their website, the students say the ties are helping them have a better attitude. “It makes me feel like a gentleman,” said fifth-grader Sebastian Scott.

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— Elisha Fieldstadt