PLANT CITY Youngsters had the chance to learn social graces at a recent class at the Children’s Board Family Resource Center East County.
The class included a meal from Carrabba’s Italian Grill and lessons on etiquette, including the most important: greeting someone with a smile.
Center Manager Marcia Cedano said the class was back due to its popularity, both with kids and parents.
“The kids were excited to come back,” she said. “Parents have been asking about etiquette classes.”
The class was taught by the Hazely Academy of Refinement and Modeling. Hazely Lopez, owner of the Clearwater-based school, said the three-hour class was a shortened version of an extended course she offers to school and organizations throughout Pinellas County.
During the Plant City class, students from the center and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center learned the importance of table etiquette, the overall social grace concept and the importance of writing and sending thank you cards.
Lopez said the classes help students build self-confidence by teaching them how to interact with others.
“We teach them how to introduce themselves properly,” she said.
The Children’s Board Family Resource Centers also offer classes and programs that focus on child safety and development. Cedano said the Family Community Advisory Council sponsors monthly programs at the center at 639 E. Alexander St. on various topics.
“They sponsor programs out of their budgets based on the needs of the community,” she said, adding that during the month of July the focus was on fire safety for children.
For more information regarding programs and services, call (813) 752-8700 or go to www.familysupporthc.org.