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Newton's L’Aroma Café & Bakery to host Etiquette Academy class

Posted by boston.com  February 13, 2014 02:55 PM

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L’Aroma Café & Bakery will host an eight-week youth etiquette class from The Etiquette Academy of New England starting February 24, according to a press release.

The class, "Mind Your Manners: Beyond Please and Thank You," is for children in grades 2 to 4. It will cover topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, understanding social cues, manners, and more. The final class will take place over a four-course meal so students can demonstrate everything they learn.

“Our team is thrilled to partner with L’Aroma and join forces to influence the youth in West Newton and surrounding areas to lead by example and promote manners and respect within their community,” said Snezana Pejic, program director at the academy. “The opportunity to reach children outside of our headquarters in Brookline is very exciting, and we look forward to continuing to build partnerships throughout New England.”

The café has hosted other events in the past, including yoga classes.

"Luckily, we do have a lot more space than other cafés," L'Aroma owner Haleema Salie said. "We have a lot of events here, very different from regular cafés ... [They are] different things we do to help the community. Hopefully everybody will get something [from it]."

For more information on Mind Your Manners and to enroll, visit www.theetiquetteacademy.org.

Named "Best of the New 2012" by Boston Globe Magazine, The Etiquette Academy of New England is an academic institution dedicated to enhancing social skills, improving communication techniques, and developing leadership qualities necessary to succeed personally and professionally. They offer courses for youth and adults as well as partnerships for higher education institutions, corporations, private businesses, non-profit organizations, hospitality establishments, youth centers and schools.

Maggie Quick can be reached at margaret.quick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MaggieQuick.

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