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Nelson : Afton : Well-mannered Valentines

[ 0 ] February 14, 2017 |
Photos By Yvette Stafford : ©2017 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Youngsters at Afton Christian School in Nelson County get some pointers during their etiquette luncheon on Valentine's Day - Tuesday February 14, 2017.

Photos By Yvette Stafford : ©2017 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Youngsters at Afton Christian School in Nelson County get some pointers during their etiquette luncheon on Valentine’s Day – Tuesday February 14, 2017.

Afton
Nelson County, Virginia

Afton Christian School students enjoy etiquette luncheon
By Yvette Stafford

The most important lesson teacher Kimberly Gale will teach today is a lesson on etiquette.

“I just came to realize that having good manners at a table actually makes me feel more comfortable in a formal dinner setting than uncomfortable because I know what I am doing,” Gale explained just minutes before dozens of students at Afton Christian School sat down for the school’s Etiquette Luncheon, held on Valentine’s Day.

These two young ladies practice a bit of proper dining on Valentine's Day during the etiquette luncheon held this past Tuesday - February 14, 2017 at Afton Christian School in Nelson County.

These two young ladies practice a bit of proper dining on Valentine’s Day during the etiquette luncheon held this past Tuesday – February 14, 2017 at Afton Christian School in Nelson County.

Wearing a white and black striped dress and a bright red shawl, Gale is using this lunch break to reinforce the importance of table manners.

As the kids file into the cafeteria, staffers and volunteers pour lemonade into their cups, which sit to the right of the plate for those of us whose manners may be a little rusty.

“If you start from the outside you work your way in,” Gale reminds the students as they settle into their seats. “You start with the outside spoon, which is the soup spoon, and the outside fork which should be the salad fork and you just work your way into the plate for the various courses.”

The first of which is a piece of chicken. It’s then followed up with a soup course.

Kimberly Gale with Afton Christian School in Nelson County discusses proper etiquette during a Valentine's Day luncheon this past Tuesday - February 14, 2017.

Kimberly Gale with Afton Christian School in Nelson County discusses proper etiquette during a Valentine’s Day luncheon this past Tuesday – February 14, 2017.

“Scoop away from you,” Gale reminds her students.

Then on to a fruit salad.

“Use your knife to cut, then switch your fork to your other hand,” she advises.

Not every child is polishing off their plate, and that’s okay, Gale says.

“Let’s try for three bites.”

But some kids are already scanning the room for the next course, a meat or vegetarian dish, to be capped off with a dessert tart. As well as these children are behaved, you would think they were born knowing how to set a table.

"I think it's actually a really good thing to put kids in those positions every now and then. They tend to just self correct when placed in more formal situations," says KImberly Gale of Afton Christian School.

“I think it’s actually a really good thing to put kids in those positions every now and then. They tend to just self correct when placed in more formal situations,” says KImberly Gale of Afton Christian School.

It’s the kind of thing any parent can fall in love with.

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