Teaching students to dress for success is a brand new initiative at one Harlandale ISD campus and it’s getting rave reviews. The Frank Tejeda Academy (FTA) teamed up with Communities in Schools to help students understand the importance of proper business attire and making a good first impression. Once a month, the students are asked – and have happily obliged – to dress the part of a professional.
“I really like to get into the business part of being dressed up, seeing what it is like, getting the feel of it. I am thinking about trying to go to NASA and be an engineer,” said student Lance Costilla.
FTA had only its second Dress for Success day on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 and again it was a hit. Instead of sagging jeans, oversized t-shirts and untied tennis shoes, students showed up in slacks, button-up shirts, even ties. The girls wore suits, skirts or a dress.
“We are dressing to be a successful person in our life. It is teaching us how to work with our stuff for job interviews and be prepared for our life,” said Antonio Cortez.
David Miranda decided to take part in it this time around since he saw others doing it.
“We put it together to help boost the self-esteem of young men and women, and teach them how to put on a tie, measure inseam, and we have business professionals come and visit with the kiddos” explained Mr. Jerry Soto, principal at FTA.
For those students who don’t have the proper clothing, the school is helping out. They have received donations of ties and suits and are happy to accept more. Mr. Soto hopes the program transcends from one day, once a month to dress up days every day.
“They act the way they are dressed, and they are acting like model students in the hallways,” he said.