Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Clubs Celebrate Their Day with Tea

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Clubs Celebrate Their Day with Tea

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ATLANTIC BEACH -- Four-year-old Katherine Wilson strategically placed yellow paper plates around a table in Atlantic Beach Elementary School's library Thursday.

Katherine, described by her mother as a perfectionist, made sure each of the round tables had a plate in front of each chair.

Katherine and her mom, Parent-Teachers Association volunteer Alison Wilson,, were helping set up for a writer's tea at the school. Shortly after their preparations, about 30 second- through- fifth- graders filed into the library with their writing in hand to participate in the tea, held in their honor.

One of the tables had several varieties of cookies. Another held teacups of different shapes and colors, sugar cubes and cream.

"One, two, three, four," Katherine counted as she placed the last of her stack of plates onto the final table. "Ready?" Drew Davie, the school's media specialist, asked as she brought out two pots of hot tea and placed them alongside the cups.

The doors to the library opened and the anxious children walked in with their eyes focused on the refreshment tables to see what types of cookies they would soon be eating.

After the children took their seats, Carolyn Pippin, a substitute teacher helping with the tea, reminded them about manners.

"Would it be acceptable to let the ladies go first?" Pippin asked the pupils, each looking eager to taste the refreshments.

"It's only acceptable," said Jonathan Brown, a fifth-grader participating in the tea.

After each of the children selected a couple of cookies and filled their teacups, Davie asked for volunteers to read their writing.

Jonathan, who seemed to have never had a shy moment, quickly shot his hand up. Like the others in the library, he was picked by his teacher to join the tea due to his writing talent. He approached the lectern with his paper and faced his audience.

Jonathan wrote about the school's book of the month, I Wish I Were a Butterfly," by James Howe. Davie handed him the microphone. "This book is about a cricket that doesn't appreciate what he is," Jonathan began.

The writer's tea is just one of the activities set up for the students once a month. …

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