Shady Spring Elementary Works To Build Responsible Ladies And Gentleman With The "Guys With Ties, Girls With Pearls" Program


Rosedale, Maryland – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once said, "Good manners will open doors that the best of education will not."  School Counselor Wendy Carver believes the same, in fact, she values the importance of manners and etiquette so much that she created the "Guys with Ties and Girls with Pearls"program. The program is designed to instill manners, good values and life-skills in Shady Spring Elementary 4th and 5th-grade students.  Students who participate attend monthly after-school meetings in which they learn about topics such as basic etiquette, table manners, effective communication, and unique customs from cultures around the world.

 "We are working to instill personal responsibility in all of our students," Mrs. Carver said. 

Students attend eight meetings a year and are asked to dress up for each meeting.

"We feel that when children come to school dressed for success, they tend to make better behavior choices and present themselves in a positive manner to others."

Last year, the program was very successful and students couldn't wait to start up this year.  As this is the second year for some 5th-grade students, they will assist the teachers as "Ladies and Gents" this year. "Gents" wear bow ties and "Ladies" don an extra string of pearls to set them apart as second-year students.

The "Guys with Ties and Girls with Pearls"program ends in May with the End-of-Year Tea, where students are permitted to invite an adult who is special to them to join in for an elegant tea party. Students show off their newfound etiquette at this event.

To learn more about the program, contact Mrs. Carver at or at 443-809-0509.

Spotlight and photos submitted by Stacey Cosden, Title I Parent Service Coordinator at Shady Spring Elementary School
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