Lunch Time with Stephanie Chafee

Rhode Island First Lady visits Fit2cook4Kids.

It's Friday morning, the final day of camp, and the campers were busy cooking up another delicious meal. This time, they are anticipating an exciting visitor. Rhode Island’s First Lady, Stephanie Chafee, an advocate for children's wellness throughout the state, came to visit Fit2cook4Kids. The campers couldn't wait to show Mrs. Chafee everything they learned all week at camp.

They greeted our special guest at the door, showing off by confidently introducing themselves, shaking hands while making eye contact, exactly as they had practiced earlier in the week.  What the campers didn't know was that they were about to get another helpful lesson on etiquette…table manners. Mrs. Chafee explained that they should always practice table manners and proper etiquette. She said, “If you were to ever have dinner with the Queen you would want to be prepared!”

The campers learned so much from Mrs. Chafee, like when to start eating, how to use silverware, how dishes are served and removed from the table, and about removing elbows from the table. What valuable lessons our First Lady shared! She told them that table etiquette is an important skill that is needed when entering the workplace. Mrs. Chafee suggested that they should practice their etiquette weekly at home in order for it to become second nature. As a result, they will feel comfortable in any social setting. Soon enough they will be ready to dine with the Queen!

Mrs. Chafee was so excited to see all of the healthy dishes prepared by the campers. After lunch was over, it was time for the campers to teach Mrs. Chafee. She experienced her first game of TeaTime©, a game that makes you think before you speak. They taught her how to play, and about the rules that went along with the game. I have to say, Mrs. Chafee was one of the best TeaTime©, judges I've ever seen.  She really gave the campers detailed questions that challenged them to work even harder during their final game where they showed off their advanced level of TeaTime©, skills. The First Lady expressed how much she enjoyed the game and her plans to play the game at home with her family.

Having our First Lady, Stephanie Chafee, at Fit2cook4Kids was surely a spectacular ending to a successful summer at camp. With her extensive involvement in children's wellness initiatives throughout the state, she is a wonderful role model. It is encouraging to receive support from those who represent the Ocean State and know that Fit2cook4Kids summer camps are make a difference among children in Rhode Island.

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