Sagging pants is not just a pet peeve for Rev. Herschel Richardson of Christ Way UMC.
He believes they're an obstacle to earning respect and showing respect.
"I have lived in Jonesboro over 20 years and it just seemed as I read the newspaper, and just saw different things in the community, it just seems that crime and everything is on an all-time high," Rev. Richardson said. "And so we decided to take a proactive approach to some of the problems we see. And we believe instead of catching young men after they've gotten in trouble, or after they've had problems."
Rev. Richardson has organized a workshop for Saturday, August 8 to teach young men ages 9–18 about etiquette, how to carry themselves, the power of the tongue, showing respect to teachers and parents and about "sag vs. swag."
"If we could have some influence, that we might could point them in a direction and show them some better choices that are out there for them. It is a free seminar," Rev. Richardson said. "We will be providing lunch. We will be providing transportation."
If someone needs a ride for their child, Richardson advises calling: 870-219-2304.
The workshop is being offered, in conjunction with Golden Rule Lodge 114, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Way UMC behind Fletcher Dodge in Jonesboro.
"We'll also have one session on etiquette," Rev. Richardson said. "How do I dress for a job interview? How do I conduct myself on a date? We'll also be giving instructions on how to tie a tie."
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