An after school class in etiquette is key to respect for elementary students. At Shady Spring Elementary School in the Baltimore area, any fourth or fifth grade student can attend Guys with Ties and Girls with Pearls.
“A big part of being mannerly is being respectful,” said Wendy Carver, a guidance counselor at the school. . “It has been my hope that by teaching the students manners and etiquette they will become more respectful of others and themselves.”
Carver started the club four years ago to give the students a chance to learn about etiquette and practice it with each other.
Every Thursday, the students are encouraged to dress up. Many come to school in their best clothes, although the attire is optional. The boys wear jackets and ties, the girls dresses and skirts. There are donated ties in the principal’s office, and the girls get a string of plastic pearls.
“Every Thursday we promote dress for success,” Principal Kenneth Dunaway said. “I have kids come to me with a T-shirt on and say, ‘I forgot to dress up.'” Regardless of what they are wearing, he hands them a tie.