The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 11, 2013

Tea time enjoyed at Cannon


DANVILLE — A long table set with delicate teacups and saucers, crystal goblets and fancy service pieces awaited students Thursday morning in Adrian Koerner’s fifth-grade classroom.

Koerner’s mother, Nanette Koerner who portrayed a fairy godmother, provided the lacy decorations and serving pieces for the tea party enjoyed by the students. The girls wore fanciful hats and ladylike gloves while the boys wore ties during the high tea.

The students sipped on tea and ate muffins and crustless finger sandwiches served on crystal tiers as Koerner read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Mad Tea Party.”

“We taught them proper tea etiquette.” Koerner said. “They did so well.”

Tatyana Kelly started to eat a muffin, but paused and then slipped off her lacy gloves, remembering the etiquette rule that women aren’t supposed to wear gloves while they eat.

Tatyana, who wore a large straw hat with her lacy gloves, said she thought the tea party was “fun.”

“It was pretty good,” the fifth-grader said. “Everything was so pretty.”

District 118 school board member Darlene Halloran, who also sported a hat, joined the class for a spot of tea.

She said she was impressed by the students’ manners during the tea party.

“It was awesome,” she said. “We have the greatest students in District 118. They were exemplary in their behavior and they even tried the tea.”