Andrea Barefield, the lead consultant for The Etiquette School of Texas at Houston led the training with a class custom-tailored for the Krause girls. Coach Barefield emphasizes that “Etiquette is more than using the correct fork, having good posture, and writing thank-you notes. Etiquette is exhibiting self-confidence, poise, and courtesy toward others. As Emily Post famously said, ‘Good manners reflect something from inside – an innate sense of courtesy for others and respect for self.’” Yes, manners do matter, and so does each child!
The specially prepared meal—seasoned chicken breast, rice pilaf, steamed vegetables, cheesecake for dessert—was served by the Girl Scout troop leaders, one course at a time. They pulled out all stops and the training included REAL silverware, REAL china (trimmed in gold), flower centerpieces, red table cloths, and bows on the chairs. The Krause girls looked uniformly lovely in their white glittered t-shirts.
The girls were given disposable cameras to take pictures of the tables, decorations, and staff, and were also rewarded for attending with product packets and Valentine’s Day candy bags.
Coach Barefield was such a hit that we’re going to have her back to work with the Krause staff … and I plan to be the first one in the class!