High School Manners Program | Choate
On a very cold wintery day in the south….in fact a record breaking snow fall, I started my journey north. All in all it involved my husband driving on snow covered not yet plowed streets, airplanes, Ubers and pick up trucks to get me to Connecticut to teach a high school manners program at Choate. And the trip was worth every minute. Do you know why? They asked for it. Yes, that’s right. This group of 100 students asked for it. They wanted to learn more about so many topics regarding etiquette.
They walked in eager and engaged. Many were from far corners of the world. I met every single one of them because as I begin any manners program I offer a handshake and ask about their day, interests and where they are from. They in turn asked me questions. Remember, they asked for it and like so many from this generation, are very interested in the subject matter. Especially curious about table manners, many asked questions about dining styles and specifics before the presentation began. Our focus was dining. The students learned and were able to practice American and European styles of dining. We discussed in detail how to set a table and hold utensils correctly. Of course, we talked about how to conduct yourself during an interview over a meal.
The Charming Town of Wallingford, Connecticut
Since my business is requiring that I travel extensively now, I made a decision to make the most out of the experience. Therefore, I decided to take the time to research interesting places to stay and seek out the restaurants that locals are more likely to frequent. Wallingford, Connecticut did not disappoint. Wallingford is the charming town center where Choate is located. I found an authentic Victorian Inn where many of the parents of Choate stay when they are in town visiting their children. It is also conveniently located a few blocks from Choate’s campus. The “village” of Wallingford was quaint and everything I expected. The town was about two blocks from the inn. I was able to have dinner in a locally owned Portuguese restaurant and try a cuisine that was new to me.
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