Please, Thank You and Beyond
Elise McVeigh said she has always had a passion for manners. She describes herself as a rule follower. As a child, McVeigh gravitated towards books related to manners such as Richard Scarry’s, Polite Elephant and Raggedy Ann a Thank You, Please and I Love You Book. She said her parents ingrained the importance of good manners into her.
Following her passion, Elise McVeigh’s Life Camps was established. These Life Camps cover seven different topics, one of which is manners. While offering the Life Camps, she knew she wanted to spend more time solely on the topic of manners and gear it specifically towards children. In 2003, Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners was formed as a division of Elise McVeigh’s Life Camps.
Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners will hold summer camps in Lovejoy this summer. The summer camps will cover 50 lessons including topics such as social skills, table manners (home, school and restaurant situations), how to set a table, how to speak to adults, how to properly give a handshake, eye contact and much more. McVeigh describes these classes as fun and very interactive. This is her first year to offer the camps in LISD, but she has offered them for years in various places around the metroplex. Many of the campers enjoy the camp so much they ask to re-enroll in Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners Summer Camps.
Parents tell McVeigh that for years they have taught their children the same manners that McVeigh teaches in camp, but until attending camp, the children had not put into practice what they had been taught. McVeigh believes the reason for the new-found manner adherence is the fact that she, a third party, voiced the directions. She said her name has become a bit of a household name when parents want to remind their children of their manners. The parent will say, for example, “What would Mrs. McVeigh say if she saw you holding your fork like that?” McVeigh said, “Parents send their children to camp for two reasons, either to be proactive or reactive.” She considers it a rave review when camp attendees tell her the camp was not the stereotypical manners class they expected to endure, but rather it was their favorite camp. Parents realize the importance of good manners and the impact it will have on the rest of their children’s lives.
Corporations and professional organizations invite McVeigh to teach her Life Camp to their employees. Topics include professional manners, appearance, greetings, introductions, communication with clients and with co-workers, tone of emails, phone protocol, travel, sexual harassment and much more.
McVeigh also offers a seminar titled, “Sorority Rush and Beyond.” During this seminar, she gives advice on what should be worn during Rush, table manners and many more topics specifically beneficial to those desiring a sorority experience. She also brings two sorority members who share their current, first-hand tips on successful Rush experiences. There is a time of role playing, where attendees are asked typical Rush questions and are given tips on how to improve their answers. (To register for the next Sorority Rush and Beyond seminar, go to https://store.elisemcveigh.com/event/sorority-rush-and-beyond/ It will be held Sun., Aug. 4 from1:00-3:00 p.m., location is near SMU, specifics available upon registration.)
McVeigh intertwines lessons on timeless manners with manners tailored to this decade. She provides opportunities to practice proper phone conversations including the importance of saying hello and goodbye during the communication. She provides parameters as to when it is acceptable to have your phone out during a social event. She also talks about leaving a personality trail on social media and how what you put on social media today can impact your life in the future.
Parents who are looking for a fun summer camp for their children that teaches life lessons which will benefit their children for the rest of their life should consider Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners Summer Camps. Camp info: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - noon June 3-7, PK/K; June 10-14, 1st-4th grade; June 17-21 5th/6th grade. Cost is $225. Camps will be held at Lovejoy elementary schools. Sign up at the Lovejoy camp website at https://lovejoy.revtrak.net/Summer-Enrichment/. For more information, please go to Mrs.McVeigh@sbcglobal.net or 214-212-2033.