The World Was My Oyster, But I Used the Wrong Fork!

Communities In Schools at MAHS held the 3rd Annual Prepared, Polished and Professional (PPP) Dining Etiquette Dinner sponsored by the GOCF System of Care grant and Liberty First Bank during the 21st CCLC After School Program.

Dawn Griffin, president of Liberty First Bank in Monroe, led the lesson on dining etiquette and students ate dinner where they practiced their newly refined skills in dining. She was trained in business etiquette at the Protocol School of Washington, the global leader in business etiquette, image and international protocol training, The Protocol School of Washington is recognized worldwide as the most trusted name in the industry.  Mrs. Griffin has dined as a guest at the White House and is an expert in dining etiquette.  

The dining etiquette lesson was designed to enable PPP students to feel prepared for business and career luncheons. Not only did the students learn the proper usage of utensils but also proper dining conversation and a newly instilled sense of confidence.

Life Skills at SCES

Volunteers from across the community shared their time and expertise showing our future leaders the finer points of professionalism, courtesy and communication during the Communities In Schools Life Skills Program at Social Circle Elementary School.

Bill Inabinet, chairman of the board for CIS of Walton County, and other community leaders, held sessions teaching students how to show respect for others, shake hands and greet people, how to make conversation and how to make a good impression.  Boys practiced tying a tie, while girls learned the importance of dressing modestly and sitting properly.

"I liked having visitors come in to teach us," said one 5th grader.  "It was fun to have a class with someone different.  I learned how to act like a gentleman."

"Our students need to see people from the community come in and talk about the skills that have helped make them successful in life," said Debra Rakestraw, CIS Site Coordinator at SCES.  "I am thankful for all of the volunteers who helped make the day a big success."


Georgia Apply to College Days

Communities In Schools of Walton County recently hosted Georgia Apply to College Days at Monroe, Loganville and Walnut Grove High Schools.

Students received appointments to meet with counselors, college recruiters and community volunteers in their schools' computer labs on a special day set aside to encourage and assist students to submit their college applications.

Hundreds of students from all three schools applied during the event.  "This is a great way for us to help students prepare for the future by helping them get through the college application process," said Milisa Wise, CIS Site Coordinator at WGHS.  "Having the volunteers and college recruiters on site helps the students clear up any questions they have and get the help they need to make the best decisions about college."