Boyz 2 Men treat their moms

Josue Lopez, with his mother Ulyamis Pena, and Geovani Swaby with his mother Ismaray Perez at the Boyz 2 Men Ritz-Carlton dinner on Thursday. - Photo: Submitted

More than 30 boys from the Boyz 2 Men programme at John Gray High School attended an etiquette dinner that was all about treating the ‘first lady of their lives’.

The 32 teens from John Gray High School who are participating in the programme took their mothers to a special dinner on Thursday at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The mentorship initiative teaches boys a variety of life lessons and etiquette skills.
Jonathan Clark, principal of John Gray High School, said the boys have been learning these skills for the past five years, in partnership with the hotel.

“The Ritz was really fantastic in providing its good, fine-dining training, and tonight the boys are going to present (their) mothers with a rose, some are going to read poetry, and some are going to dance with their moms; it’s a very special night,” Clark said at the event.

Boyz 2 Men member, Kelano Bynes,15, and his mother Sue-Ann Bodden. – Photo: Carolina Lopez

The programme, which was started 10 years ago, takes many forms in shaping the lives of these young men. Clark said.

“In our school, they come to school in their shirt and tie … we work on their etiquette and we work on their manners,” Clark said.

Christopher Murray, John Gray counsellor and director of the Boyz 2 Men programme, said that it is really important that the boys know how to treat their mothers. Murray said if they know how to treat the true first lady of their lives – their mothers – then they can treat all ladies well.

“They’re expected to open every door, pull out every chair, give their mothers red roses and sentimental words… It’s really just to make mommy feel really good tonight,” Murray said.

He also thanked EY Cayman for sponsoring the food and the flowers, and The Ritz-Carlton for donating the use of the hotel’s ballroom.

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