by Bobbie Poynter
Lessons in Elegance
A very special dinner party was held at Union College Monday night.
“Remember, in all the world, there is only one you. You should be proud of that, Karen Valentine told her young dinner guests.”
In their final event as part of Knox Unite’s Girl Power program, 16 Girdler Elementary fifth and sixth grade girls were treated to a limo ride from the school to Union College’s Patridge Student Center, where they would be treated to a formal dinner before being returned to the school.
Once at the college, the young women, dressed in their finest, were greeted by National League of Junior Cotillion instructors, Karen Valentine and Kim Mills.
From the moment the girls walked through Union’s doors, the instructors began teaching them the art of etiquette.
Before the night was over, the girls learned tips on how a lady eats with grace and dignity, how to meet and greet your dinner hostess and especially the importance of treating one another with respect.
“Always say please and thank you to your waiter staff when you are out to dinner,” Valentine told her guests. “They’re treating you with respect as they serve you. You always want to return the favor.”
Assisting the Cotillion instructors were Knox students Dane Imel and Cassidy West. The two students demonstrated how gentlemen and ladies are expected to act in public. Imel, indeed, was the perfect gentleman. He not only showed courtesy and respect for his girlfriend during the evening, but graciously took center stage, allowing a few of the brave girls to learn what it means to be in ‘hold’ with a guy during a formal dance.
The Girl Power program was made available through a Unite grant and is geared towards instilling confidence and self-esteem in young girls.