What better way to celebrate the letter "T" than with teddy bears and a tea party? It's an event steeped in tradition — a highbrow and very civil kind of gathering that has been held for each of the past 26 years for preschoolers at the Genesis School's Trinity campus. The youngsters came to school last Thursday dressed to a tee, so to speak, to honor the 20th letter of the alphabet.
Teachers Robin Burney and Sandy Mosher each hosted parties in their classrooms complete with well-set, lace covered tables, with some coverings that had been lovingly crocheted by Mosher's elderly aunt who died just this year.
There were flower bouquets, china cups and saucers and fancy bowls filled with sugar cubes.
Colleague Tammy Ellerman set up a garden variety tea party for her students, complete with tent and dreamy decorations on an outdoor playground where caffeine-free mandarin orange tea and fresh strawberries were on the menu.
Genesis students prepared teddy bear bread the day before and had it baked by the cafeteria staff at Seven Springs Elementary across the street.
And while this might seem like much ado about mastering the letter "T," students also had a chance to showcase the manners they've been learning.
Boys pull out chairs for the girls. Everyone knows to put that napkins in their laps, and are all are well versed in the niceties of "please" and "thank you."
"It's wonderful — just to see the looks on the children's faces when they see all this," said Ellerman, who was hosting her 18th tea party at the school.
"The boys wear suits and ties. The girls wear their best dresses and hats and gloves. They just absolutely love this."