NLJC plan­ning first classes for 2018 sea­son

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The Na­tional League of Ju­nior Cotil­lions, Polk County Chap­ter, is plan­ning its first classes of the sea­son, Satur­day, Septem­ber 29 at Chero­kee Golf and Coun­try Club. Chap­ter di­rec­tor Thomas J. Ruff II said that “We are ex­cited about the up­com­ing cotil­lion sea­son and the won­der­ful response we have re­ceived from par­ents.”

The Na­tional League of Ju­nior Cotil­lions pro­gram fea­tures eti­quette, char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion, and so­cial dance train­ing for fifth through eighth grade stu­dents. The NLJC, Polk County Chap­ter is de­lighted to in­tro­duce the High School Cotil­lion pro­gram for ninth through twelfth grade stu­dents.

The pur­pose of the Na­tional League of Ju­nior Cotil­lions pro­gram is to give stu­dent in­struc­tion in ball­room dance and prac­tice in the so­cial cour­te­sies needed for bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with fam­ily and friends. Stu­dents ac­tively learn life skills through a cre­ative method in­clud­ing role-play­ing, skits, and games.

The so­cial be­hav­ior com­po­nent ranges from rules of con­ver­sa­tion to for­mal and in­for­mal ta­ble man­ners.

Among other top­ics will be pos­ture, re­ceiv­ing lines, elec­tronic eti­quette, and the proper way to get into coats and through doors. Stu­dents will also be in­tro­duced to such ar­eas as re­spond­ing to in­vi­ta­tions, writ­ing thank you let­ters, pay­ing and re­ceiv­ing com­pli­ments, and sports­man­ship.

Na­tional Di­rec­tor El­iz­a­beth Anne Win­ters said “Our ob­jec­tive is to teach the life­styles that will en­able stu­dents to learn and treat oth­ers with honor, dig­nity, and re­spect for bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with fam­ily, friends, and as­so­ciates.”

The High School Cotil­lion Pro­gram is a li­censed pro­gram of the NLJC de­signed specif­i­cally for high school stu­dents. New eti­quette and char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment top­ics which are per­ti­nent to the high school years, such as dat­ing cour­te­sies, in­ter­view­ing for schol­ar­ships and jobs, pos­i­tive self-es­teem, and han­dling peer-pres­sure will be pre­sented and dis­cussed at each class.

This pro­gram will bridge the gap for to­day’s high schooler be­tween their ed­u­ca­tion and the real world in a mean­ing­ful way.

Head­quar­ters for the Na­tional League of Ju­nior Cotil­lions is lo­cated in Char­lotte, N.C., where the pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 1979. There are now chap­ters all across the coun­try, in­volv­ing thou­sands of stu­dents.

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