Douglas County students who serve on the Superintendent’s Forum learned etiquette in addition to advising the superintendent on issues and activities in their schools. Ms. Nia Brown from Polished for Purpose instructed students in the finer points of dining etiquette as part of their meetings. The sessions took place in November at the Board of Education Central Office and included lunch. The students were divided into elementary, middle, and high school groups of 16-22 students each. SunTrust sponsored the etiquette lessons.
“I value the importance of etiquette in social and business situations,” said Superintendent Trent North. “I am grateful that we can provide these soft skills that will benefit the students for the rest of their lives. We appreciate SunTrust for making this possible.”
“SunTrust’s purpose is to Light the Way to Financial Well-Being for the clients and communities we serve,” said Jenna Kelly, President, Georgia Division, SunTrust Bank. “Part of that is investing in our community’s youth and helping to prepare them for their future roles as citizens and professionals. We’re proud to partner with the Douglas County School System and support their efforts to ensure our youngest community members are well rounded and ready for any situation they may experience in life.”
Some students were chosen to represent their schools on the Superintendent’s Forum based upon recommendations by administrators and other students volunteered. They will meet with Superintendent North twice this school year to discuss pertinent issues in education. The first round of meetings were scheduled for the following dates: November 1 for elementary; November 9 for high school; and November 13 for middle school.
Ms. Brown is a Certified Etiquette Consultant from Douglasville. She has worked with students of all ages as well as elected officials and business professionals. “Etiquette is important because it helps people engage with others by making them feel comfortable,” said Ms. Brown. “In a world where we are all busy and preoccupied with electronic devices, I believe that the personal touch is more important than ever.”