Courtesy of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion
By Madeline Schroeder
Missouri Mansion Preservation believes a little kindness can never go wrong. That’s the lesson taught at Manners at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion, a summer program started by former First Lady Jean Carnahan in 1993 that teaches children etiquette lessons. To begin the day, First Lady Georganne Wheeler Nixon greets the children with the First Dog, Daniel Boone. Then, volunteer instructors teach verbal and communication skills, table-setting placements, manners, and cell phone and texting etiquette. Each child receives a booklet and certificate of completion, and each enjoys a luncheon with invited adults, typically parents or grandparents.
Registration for 2014’s event closed on June 6.