By Marisa Webber

MannerslogoKids, teenagers and young adults of this century struggle with basic etiquette skills, but that is not the case with students of Mind Your Manners Etiquette School located in the Millennium Business Park in Brandon. For ages 5-21, these classes are one of the best ways for children and teens to learn proper manners.

Classes started about four months ago and have already served groups such as Noah’s Ark Youth Camp, Teen Forum Summer Camp for Girls and La Petite Academy. The official ribbon cutting, which will be conducted by the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce, and open house is on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. and welcomes all families. Along with viewing how Mind Your Manners Etiquette School works, there will also be a chance to meet the owner and founder, Taneesha Thomas.

This etiquette school provides basic classes on manners and morals as well as a table manners and dining etiquette class. Coming soon it will also offer debutante/cotillion lessons and tea parties.

Each class is arranged based on age, and caters to the knowledge and abilities of each child. For example, “Mini Manners” is the class for ages 5-6 and teaches the basics of manners and etiquette in an interactive setting. The main goal of this level is to create positive habits and work on building good, moral character from a young age.

“Etiquette is a way of life; it was always a part of my upbringing,” Thomas said.

She has always believed in proper manners and etiquette, but when she moved to the area she noticed the one thing many people lacked was basic morals. This is what inspired her to start her own etiquette school; to make a positive impact on the community. Though she is a beginner in business, she has years of etiquette experience and is certified as an etiquette instructor.

“You never can learn enough as far as etiquette,” said Thomas.

Etiquette classes start at $42. For more information, visit or call 1-888-471-0004. Mind Your Manners is located at 1219 Millennium Parkway Brandon, Fl 33511.

As said by Taneesha Thomas, “etiquette is for everyone.”

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