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Hartselle Enquirer

Valentine tea party big hit at Burleson

Students get ready for the party. | Clif Knight
Students get ready for the party. | Clif Knight

Kindergarten students at F.E. Burleson Elementary School studied and practiced escort and table manners and finally got to demonstrate what they had been taught at the school’s 17th Annual Valentine Tea Party on Thursday.

In keeping with a “Pirates and Princesses” theme, most of the boys were decked out in Pirate regalia while the girls wore frilly party dresses. One of the party attendees chose to wear his dad’s sports coat and a checkered Paul “Bear” Bryant hat. Another sported blond dreadlocks under his pirate’s hat.

The party room was decorated with red, white and black balloons and tables covered with red tablecloths and red roses bouquets as centerpieces.

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Couples filed into the room hand in arm, took seats and munched from red plates filled with chicken nuggets, chips and dip, fresh fruit, heart-shaped cookies and drank from their choice of cups filled with tea or water.

Meanwhile, parents swarmed the room with cameras in hand, taking photos for the family album.

“We have a unit of study on good manners so that the students will know how to properly greet or escort someone or act when they sit down and eat a meal,’ said kindergarten teacher Beverly Waldrop. “The Valentine Tea Party gives them a good opportunity to practice what they’ve studied. They love it and have a lot of fun with it.”

“The boys giggle about it at first,” she added, “but it doesn’t take long for them to come around.”

The party is largely financed and produced by homeroom mothers and other parents.

“We couldn’t do it without the parents,” said project coordinator Amy Keel. “They always give great support no matter if its helping decorate or furnishing food.”

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