The Christ Child Treasures Program might be called a Manners or Etiquette Class. It is that and more.
Christ Child members work with fifth and sixth graders through area Parochial schools in “at risk” neighborhoods. Our aim is to create a positive environment where, hopefully, the students will receive a boost to their self-esteem and self-confidence. It may be hard to believe, but by this age many children already know at least one person who belongs to a gang. That person may even be a sibling. By arming them with these Tools for Life, we hope they might feel stronger to resist going along with bad influences. We will emphasize the value of our Catholic Faith to enforce our objectives.
Treasures is a 7 week course-two hours per class. A different subject will be covered each week, as well as a review of previous lessons. Subjects to be addressed might include:
- Making Introductions
- Setting a Table
- Dining Manners
- Thank you Notes
- Grooming and Hygiene
- Basic Manners
- Behaviors with Peers
- Respect for oneself and others
- Social Media Etiquette
These sessions might include coaching on situations as simple as giving an older or pregnant woman your seat on the bus or not going into the refrigerator without permission in a friend’s home. Remember, many of these children have financially burdened parents who just do not have the time to remember to even mention these subjects.
The Treasures program offers member volunteer opportunities. If you are interested, please contact the 2016-2017 Program Chairs: Lorraine Reaume and Maureen Dinius.
Our 2015 Fall Treasures program was administered at St. Andrew’s School. Our 2016 Spring Treasures program was administered at St. Elizabeth’s School. We look forward to working with students again this coming school year.