They won’t use a time machine, but on Friday, May 23rd, the 8th grade students at Northwest Christian Schools will travel back in time to Spokane’s lavish “Age of Elegance.”

Armed with knowledge of Spokane’s history, dressed in formal attire, and prepared to test their etiquette skills, this group of students will travel in limos on a field trip designed to make textbooks come alive.  They will begin with a stop at the Davenport to tour the Hotel that demonstrates the elegance of Spokane’s past.

The greatest challenge for these time travelers may be waiting at the Glover Mansion at noon, where the students will use their new mastery of etiquette to dine at a six-course luncheon.  Gentlemen will open doors and help to seat the ladies.  Each student will not only attempt to eat with the correct utensils, but also to engage in meaningful conversation between bites of the delicious gourmet fare.

“We use this opportunity not only to help the history of Spokane come alive for the students, but also to encourage the students to evaluate the legacies left by these families,” says NWC Middle School Principal Dave Jennings. “We want our students to know that they too can impact their community in powerful ways.”