LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The dining rooms of Manhattan's restaurant in downtown Lufkin was filled with elementary students practicing their new found etiquette techniques.
For many of the fifth graders it was their first time inside a fine dining restaurant and their teachers have made it their mission to teach manners far beyond "please" and "thank you."
Marca Ramsey teaches science at Brandon Elementary, but explains that etiquette is equally as valuable.
"We prepare for our Brandon Pride Day starting in November," Ramsey said. "We start doing lessons in the classroom. We work on taking our chair out for our ladies, and then being a lady, letting a man be a gentleman."
"At Brandon we really feel like just as important as the curriculum is that the children need to learn to move on to the sixth grade, would be their manners and their social skills," Ramsey said. "It's important to mold in a citizen and that's what we are doing."
The children's luncheon was made possible by Lufkin local Linda Perry.
"Oh they are so dressed up," said Perry. "It's unreal, and they're just having the best time, and it could be the only time some children get to do this kind of thing."
When given the opportunity, the fifth graders were happy to elaborate on what they have been learning in the classroom.
"You turn over your fork, so that means you're done with your food," student Bradley Knight said.
"Whenever your drink is empty, don't drink it no more because it makes a noise that nobody wants to hear," another Brandon student said.
As the lunch came to a close, Ramsey instructed her students to properly place their tips on the table to show their gratitude towards their service.
The Brandon fifth graders ended their meal with a toast to manners, and a full plate of knowledge.