"I feel proud of myself. I feel like I get noticed," said Emmanuel Marrero, 8. "I feel like I am who I'm supposed to be."
"When I put on my tie I feel like I bring respect to myself, like we're honoring our school," added Jasmyne Garcia, 9.
Mr. Mahoney is in need of additional ties. If you're able to donate, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And special thanks to Reading Eagle reporter Dave Mekeel, who donated a bag of ties when he visited the school to interview Mr. Mahoney and his students. We appreciate your generosity!