City Hall: City of Newark Launches Social Etiquette Class for Adults, Seniors and Children

“City of Newark Launches Social Etiquette Class for Adults, Seniors and Children”:http://dailynewarker.com/2008/05/14/city-hall-city-of-newark-to-host-etiquette-classes/

Really interesting idea from City Hall. Etiquette is so foundational a building block of social interaction that we really don’t think about it — but having these skills is almost Step 0 before getting a job. Classes are free and open to all Newarkers, and offers the opportunity to experience a dinner in a five-star atmosphere.

“Etiquette, politeness, and table manners are not abstract concepts, but basic essentials that children and adults alike should understand, appreciate, and use in their daily lives,” Mayor Booker said. “When we practice good manners, we manifest our personal excellence as human beings.”

The class will heighten awareness and appreciation of basic manners and dining skills in daily life by teaching handshakes, public behavior, and basic telephone skills. Students will be served a three-course meal prepared by an award-winning chef, served by wait staff, to simulate dining in an up-scale restaurant complete with a formal table setting: cloth tablecloths, china, flatware, and glassware. The students will learn table-setting, use of utensils, use of a napkin, European and American dining styles, dining posture, and appearance.

Find registration details in the full press release after the jump.

CITY OF NEWARK LAUNCHES SOCIAL ETIQUETTE CLASS FOR ADULTS, SENIORS, AND CHILDREN;

STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE FIVE-STAR DINNER FROM AWARD-WINNING CHEF

Registration opens May 19; Classes June 14, 21, and 28

Newark, NJ – May 14, 2008 – Mayor Cory A. Booker announced today that the City of Newark is launching classes in “Etiquette and Social Protocol” for adults, seniors, and children aged 8-17. The classes will teach residents the basics of manners and dining skills, in the atmosphere of a five-star dinner, on three Saturdays in June: June 14, June 21, and June 28, at the Boylan Recreation Center, 916 South Orange Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration is required for the free class, and applications will be made available at the Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs, at 94 William Street, 2nd Floor, beginning Monday, May 19.

“Etiquette, politeness, and table manners are not abstract concepts, but basic essentials that children and adults alike should understand, appreciate, and use in their daily lives,” Mayor Booker said. “When we practice good manners, we manifest our personal excellence as human beings.”

The class will heighten awareness and appreciation of basic manners and dining skills in daily life by teaching handshakes, public behavior, and basic telephone skills. Students will be served a three-course meal prepared by an award-winning chef, served by wait staff, to simulate dining in an up-scale restaurant complete with a formal table setting: cloth tablecloths, china, flatware, and glassware. The students will learn table-setting, use of utensils, use of a napkin, European and American dining styles, dining posture, and appearance.

The classes are FREE and open to Newark residents. Class sizes are limited to 30 students each and are on a first-come basis. The session on June 14th will be for adults, the session on June 21st for seniors, and the final session on June 28th for children ages 8-17.

For more information, contact the Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs at (973) 733-6454.

2 thoughts on “City Hall: City of Newark Launches Social Etiquette Class for Adults, Seniors and Children

  1. Donna

    This sounds interesting. It would be a hoot to see how the teens handle themselves. Maybe instead of asking for the gravy or something, they’ll take out their handhelds text the person next to them to pass it along.

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  2. Horace

    What a terrific idea. Etiquette and social graces have not been taught in school or at home for decades. Today’s teens and many of their parents probably think Emily Post is akin to Craig’s List.
    Thank you for a “first” (my sending a comment based on something that I read!) and best wishes for a successful new venture.

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