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Etiquette for Success

Submitted By Shiela M. Keaise

The Etiquette for Success Seminar was initiated by Children’s Librarian Shiela M. Keaise to bring good manners back as a way of life instead of an option of how we behave. What is etiquette, anyway? Etiquette is how people behave and conduct themselves in any given situation and how they interact with their fellowman or woman.
The mission of the Etiquette for Success Seminar is to promote professionalism and positive interaction with fellow peers, family, parents, teachers, school officials, local leaders, and other public figures. A new theme is given every year depending on the current atmosphere of the country. This year’s theme was Using Emotions to Facilitate Proper Thinking.
The goals of the Etiquette for Success Seminar are to encourage participants to:
1. Interact properly with their fellow competitor.
2. Use competition as a motivator to be better and excel.
3. Behave properly at home, school and among peers when competing.
4. Act respectfully and appropriately if they win or not.
The purpose of the Etiquette for Success Seminar is to offer support to children and teens, girls and boys with a focus on students in the sixth grade to be kind, considerate, elegant, stylish, and have decorum (respect).
The guest presenters were the Board of Directors (Michael Holoman and Gerard Droze) for the boy participants and the Dream Motivators (Magdline Monroe and Shiela Keaise) for the girls.
Colleton County Middle School participated in this program by bringing students to the library for a 3 hour seminar. They played Family Feud: Emotion Etiquette, went into girl/boy sessions, and received a signed book from the presenters. This seminar was sponsored by Stony Point Foundation. The founder Francie Downing attended the seminar and was pleased at what she heard. She said, “This is a very good program. We need this.”

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