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Etiquette For Middle School (Grades 6-8)

The preteen and early teen years are a time when social skills have critical importance.  This 6-week one-hour class focuses on developing knowledge and abilities that are essential for interactions with peers and adults, including:

  • Southern hospitality — welcoming people to your home
  • Introductions — how to introduce people with titles, how to introduce friends of the opposite sex, and when and how to shake hands
  • Appearance — addresses proper grooming, good posture, hygiene and hair and skin care; dressing appropriately for different occasions and building a wardrobe; how to enter and exit a room
  • Confidence-building — how to prepare a one-minute speech, preparation for school and job interviews; how to handle an emergency situation
  • Etiquette for athletes — locker room behavior and how to address coaches
  • Advanced manners — how to write thank-you notes and address envelopes; behave appropriately in public; show honor and respect for adults
  • Telephone etiquette — how and when to make calls; appropriate cell phone use
  • Table etiquette — learning a complete place setting, including stemware and napkin placement

This series ends with a formal graduation dinner.

A minimum of 10 students is required for this class.

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Etiquette for High School (Grades 9-12)

This 6-week series of hour-long classes will focus on increasing confidence and developing leadership skills that are essential to navigating the world after high school. In addition to refreshing their knowledge of manners and table etiquette, students will learn:

  • Public speaking — how to address an audience with self-assurance
  • Interviews — how to prepare a resumé or college application; what to expect during a job or college interview
  • Dating — appropriate conduct, including how to ask for or accept a date
  • Prom Etiquette — dress and behavior etiquette (individual or class sessions)
  • Restaurant protocol — how to read and order from a menu; how to signal a waiter; how to serve from a buffet

This series ends with a formal graduation dinner.

A minimum of 10 students is required for this class. Individual instruction available.

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Cultivating Character

This selection of lessons teaches the foundations of character education. "Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot" - Clarence Thomas

  • Meeting people - start with a good impression
  • Thank you - the importance of expressing gratitude
  • Sportsmanship - be a good winner and a good loser
  • Gratitude with the proper attitude
  • Building a good reputation - kindness, mercy, and self-control
  • Communication across cultures
  • Doing the right thing - even when no one is looking

A minimum of 10 students is required for this class.

Cultivating Character
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