The pre-kindergarten students of Higgins and Cain elementaries work daily on their manners during their breakfasts and lunches and recently had the opportunity to practice those skills in a dining experience when they went out to eat at Outback Steakhouse in Tyler.
The meals were preordered and the Outback staff was very accommodating, according to Cathi Patterson, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Higgins Elementary.
“They were very helpful and understanding of four-year-olds,” Patterson stated. “They had Australia animal coloring books on the table ready to go when we arrived. The staff was very efficient and quick with their service. The meals for the students were free and they were also given a coupon for an additional free kid’s meal. When Cain arrived, Eric Edwards, the manager, talked to everyone about Australian animals and had a brief question and answer time. He then presented us with a banner that said, ‘Outback supports Cain and Higgins Elementary.’”
Five teachers and 38 students from Higgins and 13 teachers with 59 students from Cain had lunch at Outback.
This was the first time for many of the young students to experience a meal at a “sit down restaurant,” according to Patterson, but the students enjoyed the trip and were able to make successful use of their manners.