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Ella Laughlin, 10, her mother, Sarah, Cindy Sonnier and her daughter, Hannah, 9, donned their tea party attire Friday to attend the inaugural “Tea with Mom and Me” at Jennings Elementary School. Nearly 600 students and their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and other female role models drank tea and ate cookies as part of the event.

JENNINGS – Students at Jennings Elementary School honored their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and other women in their lives Friday by inviting them to a very special tea party.

Students in grades 3-6 enjoyed the special morning of tea and treats with female family members, many of them dressed in tea party attire, as part of the school’s inaugural “Tea with Mom and Me” event.

“It’s important for students to have somebody who can be a positive role model in their lives,” school counselor Brooke Morris said. “It is also a perfect opportunity for us to show appreciation to the parents.”

Nearly 600 students and their guests attended the tea party throughout the day.

During the event students enjoyed spending time with their mothers, grandmothers, aunts and others drinking tea and coffee, eating cookies, talking about their day and taking photographs.

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Ayden Richey, 9, and his grandmother Sue Richey visit Friday during the “Tea with Mom and Me” at Jennings Elementary School. Students learned about positive role models and how to believe in themselves and empower each other.

“It’s very important that they have things for the parents,” Rebecca Lejeune said as she had tea with her 10-year-old daughter, Jannessa. “This gives us one-on-one-time with our daughters.”

Grandmother Sue Richey said the tea gave her an opportunity to how her nine-year-old grandson Ayden, was doing at school.

“It’s always important that children see you there and know that you want to participate and want to be there for them,” Richey said.

Cindy Sonnier and her nine-year-old daughter Hannah, have been looking forward to the tea party. The pair donned their tea party dresses and hats for the occasion.

“It’s very important to be there for them,” Sonnier said. “I try to come to all of their events to support her.”Jeff Davis Parish Career and Technical Supervisor Danielle Simien greeted each student with a high five and stickers with positive messages.

“It’s important that students have positive role models in their lives and that they empower each other, especially as females,” Simien said. “If you’re a role model that means a lot of people look up to and follow you so you should always do your best.”

She also encouraged the students to believe in themselves and to help others feel good about themselves.

“You want to always love yourself so that you will always feel confident and believe in your abilities,” she said.

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