Service project teaches etiquette to third graders

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Abby Faires admires her new hair do in the mirror, a reflection of the experiential success of Sammie Holtís project teaching third graders etiquette and manners. Contributed photo

Sammie Holt's project part of Drury University dual credit class

Monett High School student Sammie Holt took on a service project as part of the dual credit class offered through Drury University, leading to a learning experience for third graders in etiquette and manners.

Holt has been supervised in her class by instructor Beth Nation at MHS. Holt was charged to come up with a service project, then developed a support system around the experience to be educational for its participants.

Pictured from left, Emily Ginther, Abby Faires, service project creator Sammie Holt, Cheyanne ​Collins​ and Amy Phillips ​smile for the camera at the fashion show concluding Holtís service project teaching etiquette and manners, part of her Drury University dual credit class. Contributed photo

"I targeted this age group for a number of reasons," Holt said. "I felt they would be the ones who most appreciated it, and were not to old, or to young, to learn the things we discussed in the class."

Holt had three sessions with the girls, leading up to a fashion show as an experiential model for instruction. She recruited Chrstine's House of Fashion to help with the fashion show.

"Three stylists from Christine's came in on the night of the fashion show to teach the girls the proper way to wash, brush, and take care of their hair and nails," Holt said. "Christine's House Of Style also donated goodie bags for all of this girls, complete with a mini brush, shampoo, conditioner, nail file, and a free haircut or nail polish at the salon.

Christine Berdice does the nails of Emily Ginther and Taylor Wallace does the nails of Amy​ Phillips​ prior to the fashion show. Contributed photo

"Going into the project, I really didn't know what to expect. I knew that I wanted to target young girls, and give them a role model to look up to, and teach them how to be ladies in todays society. I had so much fun, with the girls, and this project really surpassed all the expectations I had for it."

Holt also commended community members who embraced her project and offered to assist.

"We had a group of wonderful teachers, parents, and friends in the community who came to show their support for these young ladies on the night of the fashion show, and it was really wonderful to watch these quiet little girls I met at the very first meeting, show off/unleash their sassy personalities on stage for the community and the world to see," Holt said. "I cannot speak for the girls, but I hope they took away the knowledge they need to become a proper and successful young lady in today's society. I also hope they all got the chance to feel like a princess."