This Brownie troop from Birmingham’s Quarton Elementary School took a class with Stacy Amey. They learned etiquette skills last fall.

This Brownie troop from Birmingham’s Quarton Elementary School took a class with Stacy Amey. They learned etiquette skills last fall.

Photo provided by Stacy Amey


Etiquette class to teach young people manners

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 31, 2019

 Girl Scouts’ Brownie members from Southfield’s Adler Elementary School participated in an etiquette class in 2018 with Stacy Amey.

Girl Scouts’ Brownie members from Southfield’s Adler Elementary School participated in an etiquette class in 2018 with Stacy Amey.

Photos provided by Stacy Amey

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SYLVAN LAKE  — Chin up, back straight, look ‘em in the eyes and give a firm handshake. 

A new class in Sylvan Lake will teach young people a thing or two about being polite.

Etiquette guru Stacy Amey will teach basic manners, posture and poise 1-3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Sylvan Lake Community Center. The Sylvan Lake Parks and Recreation Committee is hosting the inaugural event.

Parks and Recreation Committee member Karen Berkfield said she brought the idea up for discussion at a Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.

“Everybody thought it was a great idea,” she said. “We thought it was a doable thing.”

Berkfield said she thinks that young people will benefit from the expert instruction.

“We all try to teach our kids proper etiquette, but I think it goes in one ear and out the other, or we get a lot of eye rolling,” she said. “It carries a lot more weight, I think, when they hear it from someone else who is an authority on the subject.”

Berkfield said they will gauge the class’s popularity, and they may add more such classes in the future.

“We’re kind of feeling our way through it,” she said, adding that they may consider hosting an adult etiquette class. 

Amey said dining etiquette will be a particular focus.

“That is real popular with the parents, and me too, since it’s a visual thing,” she said. 

Boys will learn to help girls put on and take off their coats. Students will learn proper handshakes and eye contact, and how to prepare for the professional world.

“Handshakes — that is their statement for somebody they’ve never met before,” said Amey, who started her Romeo home-based business for her own two daughters: “I had expectations for them out of life.”

She said good manners include having a pleasant demeanor, and being friendly and courteous to everyone.

“Whether they are the CEO of the company or a janitor, treat them no differently,” she said.

She said she is looking forward to having a session in this area.

“I hope they will appreciate this. Judging by what Karen has said, she feels this area will respond to this,” Amey said.

The class is open to everyone, not just Sylvan Lake residents.

The class costs $30 per person, and attendees can find registration information online by searching for Youth Etiquette Class for Sylvan Lake Parks and Recreation on Facebook, or register by calling Berkfield at (248) 563--8133.

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