Local high school students get a lesson in formal table etiquette

An etiquette luncheon is held at PSU
Local high school students get a lesson in formal table etiquette
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Students from Pittsburg High School, Parsons High School, and Ft. Scott High School will learn formal table etiquette and how to network with professionals Wednesday at Pittsburg State University.
An “etiquette luncheon” will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Overman Student Center.

The experience is being made possible with a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas awarded to PSU Enactus, a group of student leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Donations from Parsons Rotary Club, Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club, and JC Penney in Pittsburg will enable Enactus to give a $40 JC Penney gift card to each student to use for professional attire suitable for job interviews and future career needs.

“Our projects allow us to step outside the comfort of the classroom and apply our knowledge to real solutions that affect real people,” said David Hogard, director of Academic Advising, Career Readiness, and Enactus — all part of PSU’s Kelce College of Business.

Hogard anticipates approximately 50 students for the event, which was borne out of a broader project by Enactus called the Gorilla Achievement Program (GAP).

“The project focuses on filling the ‘gap’ between early adolescence and adulthood in the Pittsburg community,” Hogard said. “We learned that many of the factors that lead to adult poverty begins during early adolescence. We started GAP to help kids who were at risk of dropping out or falling behind in school.”

The group’s partner is Communities in Schools, an organization that leads programs to eliminate poverty in grades K-12.