FORT LARAMIE – The Gathering Place in Fort Laramie played host to Lingle-Fort Laramie fifth-graders last week, where students enjoyed three varieties of hot tea, strawberry and blueberry scones – complete with lemon curd and Devonshire cream – and practiced tea etiquette in honor of their graduation from elementary school.
Denise Jackson, L-FL library clerk, organized the event, which also included teachers and special guests, including Interim Superintendent Rick Patterson.
In addition to table settings, proper introductions and conversation topics, and manners, the students also sent out invitations, explored menus, instituted a dress code, and more.
“They worked really hard to get to this day,” Jackson said, and later, addressing the students, “This is about pausing and taking time; a reflection of all you have achieved your elementary years and all you will achieve.”
Before pouring the tea, owner April Simmons informed the group The Gathering Place building is 100 years old and a former secondary schoolhouse, appropriate for students heading
into secondary school.
“I want to congratulate you guys,” she said.
Students then visited amongst themselves, and with guests, as they sipped their tea and finished their scones.
“It’s better than recess,” Amon Napier said.
One student asked Patterson what he considers his dream job to be.
“I think I’m living it,” he replied. “I get to have tea with fifth graders.”
Jackson ended the event with a reading of the book, “I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
“I’m so proud of you guys and excited for your future,” she said.
The Gathering Place is located at 101 Lawton Ave. Visit frontiertearoom.com for