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Tea-ching the basics

Craig youngsters learn finer points of etiquette

Michelle Balleck

Eloy Hernandez, 7, learned how to hold his cup properly at the tea party at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday evening.

But just a few minutes later he couldn’t quite remember how to stick his pinky out straight.

“The pinky thing is not what you’re supposed to do,” BAGC Program Director Rob Winn said. “We taught them how to do that then we told them to do it the Boys and Girls Club way.”

Hernandez thought it was just easier to use both hands to grasp the mug, as did many of the children who attended what was actually a hot chocolate party.

“(The best part is) getting hot chocolate a lot of times,” Hernandez said.

Other children thought the best part was how Winn came around with a can of whipped cream to squirt into their mouths.

Still others thought the visit from Santa Claus, who handed out peppermint treats, was the highlight of the evening.

“I got two candy canes. That’s the best part,” Samantha Pearce, 6, said.

The children had time to visit with Santa and then danced in the dimmed gym. The walls were decorated with white icicle lights donated by Grand Futures, and the tables were set with materials from The Memorial Hospital.

“Between all of it, everyone did a little bit,” Winn said. “But really The Memorial Hospital was the backbone of this event.”

This was the first year for the event, and about 50 children attended. Winn hopes attendance will grow in coming years.

Brianna Tate, 11, said she enjoyed herself and would come again.

“My friend was doing it and I thought it’d be fun,” she said. “It’s fun, and there’s a lot of stuff to do here.”

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