Perquimans County Schools: Students taught etiquette with $15K grant
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Perquimans County Schools Foundation and the school's GEAR UP program applied for and received a $15,000 grant through The Northern Albemarle Community Foundation to provide etiquette instruction and cultural experiences to some forty qualifying high school students.
Jewel Winslow, director of Perquimans County Extension Service, taught the first segment of the week-long program by offering a learning and practice session of proper etiquette such as appropriate greetings, table manners, how to enter a room, appropriate dress and how to eat properly.
The initial event was held at a local restaurant and was offered to students by an application process. Those same students traveled to Virginia Beach on the following Saturday to see a live performance of Beauty and The Beast. The goal of GEAR UP is to prepare students, especially those that may be the first in their family to attend college, to be prepared to succeed.
According to Foundation Executive Director Brenda Lassiter, there is a powerful lesson through this grant.
"Behavior, attitude and manners are all components of your personal brand and the impression you make,” said Lassiter. “No matter how qualified you might be for any role you seek, if you act in a discourteous fashion, it will diminish your chances of being successful."
A $15,000 grant was used to provide etiquette instruciton and cultural experiences for some 40 qualifying high school students in Perquimans.