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Kindergartners In Cheatham Co. Learn Etiquette

Beth Campbell Beth Campbell
Helen Hawk Helen Hawk

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. - Do you know which fork to use when eating out or how about how to formally introduce yourself?

Students at an Ashland City school are learning the finer points of the lost art of etiquette.

Counselor Beth Campbell helped kindergarteners at Ashland City Elementary School learn proper etiquette.

The Etiquette School of Tennessee program began last fall in Cheatham County.

"Parents are doing their best, but with the onslaught of violence and the media, all kinds of media, music, TV, that's a huge task, said Helen Hawk.

Hawk is hoping to change lives through etiquette.

"We've become very lax," Hawk said. "We are in a society that's more rude than ever before. Everyone will agree with that. And those children need our help."

"We are hoping right now that it helps them in the lunchroom, to help improve the lunchroom behavior," Campbell said. "But down the road, we're hoping that they'll be able to use it as an adult and kind of draw from what they've learned here."

Since the pilot program has been so successful there is hope that it will grow.

"We have some legislation to put the etiquette programs throughout all public schools in Tennessee," Hawk said.

The program is based on the book "Manners and Violence," stressing that children should be taught etiquette in school because that's where they socialize the most.

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