Lockhart Elementary School Dolphins and St. Andrew’s Seek & Serve Outreach, Inc. partner to build students’ professional, social skills
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – viNGN was honored to be on hand for the closing ceremony of the Etiquette and Manners course presented jointly by the Lockhart Elementary School (LES) 21st Century Community Learning Center (Dolphins) and St. Andrew’s Seek & Serve Outreach, Inc. (SASSO) on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in the school courtyard.
Forty-two (42) fifth and sixth graders and members of the LES Early Act Club learned about behavioral patterns, self-management, everyday etiquette, deportment and table manners during the 4-week course. Trainer and Counselor B. Rita Payne presided over the ceremony, which provided the students with the opportunity to share all that they had learned in interactive segments and receive certificates and gift packets.
“Children just want someone to show they care. There is a great need for this type of experience. I can see a difference in the children, in the way they carry themselves and deal with each other. I am overwhelmed, and it makes my heart glad,” Payne said. She hopes to be able to offer this type of guidance to children as early as possible: “In the future, we would like to start them in the 4th grade, and increase the program length to 6 weeks.”
Towards the end of the program, a surprise award of handcrafted, decorative cards was made for viNGN Board Secretary Dr. Peter Schultz and PCC Manager Anita Davis for their material assistance and support.
“We would like to extend special thanks to SASSO Director Irose Payne Chalon and for all the help on behalf of the LES Dolphins, Principal Audrey Bowry, the Early Act Club, Librarian Mrs. Merle Vanterpool, fellow coordinators Debra and Deeger Joseph, and Rhashaunda Charles-Jones, Acting Director LES Dolphins.”
Coordinators of this pilot program hope to gather materials for workshops, expand the curriculum and provide custom t-shirts as mementos and welcome contributions from individuals and businesses interested in grooming future leaders. For more information or to make a donation, contact B. Rita Payne at (340) 201-9131 or Rhashaunda Charles-Jones at (340) 227-6254.