Grant allows Opp Housing Authority to host Youth Etiquette Bootcamp

Published 7:30 am Friday, February 10, 2023

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The Opp Housing Authority received grant funding to help educate children through a Youth Etiquette Bootcamp.

Beverly Barber, executive director of the Opp Housing Authority, said her organization is committed to helping the children in the community. To that end, Barber applied for and received a grant from the Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development Council to allow the Opp Housing Authority to host the Youth Etiquette Bootcamp.

The bootcamp, directed by Vanessa Riley-Moore of LVEC, spanned across four weeks and covered overall manners and communication skills, telephone etiquette, table manners and making healthy life choices.

Students involved in the program ranged in ages from 5 to 18. During the last session held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Opp Housing Authority welcomed Alabama Sen. Josh Carnley and Mike Birge, a board member from WRCD. Carnley and Birge were able to see firsthand the impact the funding made on the lives of the Opp Housing Authority children.

Students learned in this class about table etiquette and how to properly set a table. Barber will also use the funds to provide after-school tutoring and other educational opportunities for the children throughout the year.