These middle-schoolers learn—and live—Manners 101

These middle-schoolers learn—and live—Manners 101

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A recent column in the Stillwater Gazette by the mother of a sixth-grader celebrates the impact of a Manners 101 program instituted by her son’s teachers at Stonebridge Elementary in Stillwater, MN. The class, which focuses on manners and civility, includes such time-honored lessons as:

  • How to write a thank-you note
  • Table manners
  • Phone etiquette
  • Formal attire
  • Conversation

With humor and charm, the columnist details the difference a school-year has made in her son’s and his classmates’ maturity, perspective, and behavior. She thanks the teachers in particular for their attention to “the growth of the whole child,” and she closes by suggesting their “model of kindness will last a lifetime.”

For a look at quality-of-life indicators in our region that could be influenced by levels of civility and civic engagement, go here.

To learn about Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s upcoming regional civility initiative, Because It Matters, go here.