Jun 08, 2009 | 2603 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Riverton High School special education students taught by Colleen Curran and Athena Pool recently put their manners and etiquette lessons to use when they went on a class outing and had lunch at Red Robin May 14. They called the outing the “Manners Meal.” School psychologist Anita Nielsen taught the students lessons on manners. Nielsen taught the students about courtesy in a restaurant, appropriate meal conversation and ordering food. Each student was asked to bring $10 to $15 to purchase their meal and to provide a $3 tip and tax. This required the students to budget. Peer tutors and teachers worked with the 60 students as they chose menu options that would fit their budget. A kind restaurant patron who wanted no recognition overhead the instructions being given to the students. He notified the manager and gave a $50 donation to the class’s to use toward their meals and another $35 toward the tip. “As soon as we got back to our classroom, I shared with the students what this man had done for them,” Curran said. “That experience helped students see the kindness of others in our community. What a great lesson they experienced.”

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