The Lake Wales Care Center hosted its first “Etiquette Eatery,” this summer, providing a place for students in B Street Community Center’s Summer Enrichment and Arts (S.E.A.R.) program to practice good manners in a social situation.
B Street Community Center’s S.E.A.R. program is for students in grades 1-5. The program covers a variety of topics, including a tutorial on proper etiquette. The Care Center volunteered to prepare a nice meal in an elegant setting at First Presbyterian Church after the students completed this particular lesson, so they could put their new skills to use. The Etiquette Eatery was open twice, once for the younger students and once for the older group.
The Care Center’s Special Events committee pulled out all the stops to make sure the students got the whole experience of a fancy restaurant by serving their meal to them and providing charming menus containing conversation starters and tips on
good manners. The ambiance was set by background music playing and beautifully decorated tables. And the Etiquette Eatery would not have been complete without the Maitre d. Mr. Rob Quam gave great etiquette advice upon the students’ arrival
and during the meal, and even dressed for the part in a tuxedo. The Care Center’s Special Events Committee Coordinator, Laura Hunt, was glad to be part of making this event happen. When asked about the Etiquette Eatery, she said, “Our committee was blessed to be able to partner with another agency that is making a difference in the lives of children. It was a small role to play but we were so happy to do it. It was nice to meet with Latoya Craig (Executive Director) to gain feedback on what kind of food and environment they wanted - we wanted to make it a positive experience for everyone involved and I hope that’s what it was!”
Janice Snell, Transitional Scholarship Specialist at the B Street Community Center was in attendance, and she felt that the event was very helpful for the students. She said, “I feel like this was beneficial because some of these kids really didn’t know – for example, although they’ve been to restaurants, they didn’t know what all the forks and spoons were for. I feel like this has been a great learning experience, and we really appreciate it.”
“The Etiquette Eatery was a wonderful opportunity for the B Street Community Center and Lake Wales Care Center to come together and make an impact on our community’s youth,” said Mike Morrow, Care Center Activities director.