League volunteer Alison Marlar demonstrates how to use a knife and fork.

League volunteer Alison Marlar demonstrates how to use a knife and fork in a lesson on manners.

Two plates, silverware, a napkin and a cup were piled in front of each LightHouse student. The challenge? To set the place correctly.

For many, this was the first time they had ever considered setting the table. After a few tries and a few hints (“the fork is the only utensil that likes the napkin”), they mastered this part of their lesson in manners.

“Manners are important because you don’t want to feel down,” said 11-year-old Keyshun. “You want to make people happy.”

The lesson was part of a six-week program at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club LightHouse put on by the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier. Called the Health Literacy Initiative, the League volunteers present a different topic each week ranging from hygiene to exercise to safety.

The students played manners Bingo to remind them of their skills.

The students played manners Bingo to remind them of their skills.

“I hope they learn a little bit about living a healthy life as a whole,” Head Volunteer Daphne Mijalis said. “It’s not just about eating right and exercise.”

While teaching valuable life lessons, they also include a story and a healthy snack.

About 45 students participate twice a week, and they were eager to start their lessons and participate. Program coordinator Gardenla Reliford said the League involvement reinforces lessons she tries to instill throughout the year. She can see the success of the program in the attendance, which has increased from 25 the first week.

Keyshun explained: “I meet my friends, and we have fun and learn new stuff.”

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