Kids Learn Manners at the Mansion

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Wednesday, July 05 2006 Jul 5, 2006 Wednesday, July 05, 2006 9:11:36 PM CDT July 05, 2006 in News

"It's wonderful to be able to share it with children and help them appreciate it, that it is really their house," said Mary Pat Abele, executive director.

They start to feel at home while they learn table manners, table settings, written and verbal communication. Anthony John enjoys doing some things his mother already taught him.

"It's fun setting the table and getting to put it in the right spot and making it look nice," he said.

But, kids aren't the only ones enjoying the class.

"This is the most fun thing I do," admitted Coni Riler, etiquette teacher. "The children that come are fresh and want to learn."

Before their families arrive for lunch, students make final preparations.

"The children are then given a single rose, to show how to fold a napkin properly, and the importance of an inviting table," explained Riler.

Some adults are just happy to be there.

"Table setting, I think, is important, but I think especially writing thank-you notes," said grandparent Sally Kopecky. "I'm excited. I can't wait!"

Throughout a day of shaking, sitting, and scooping, most kids agreed what was the best.

"My favorite thing is the part where we get to eat," said Anthony.

To learn how to shape up your child's manners, click the link beneath the KOMU.com OnDemand video player.

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