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Cypress Springs Elementary School fourth grader Carlasia sips her after-dinner cola from a coffee cup during Wednesday’s annual Lincoln Parish School District’s White House Dinner. Prior to the formal event, students learn table manners and etiquette that they practice during the three-course meal.

Trevon Johnson picked up his dinner knife and fork and began cutting an imaginary piece of meat on an imaginary plate.

“You do it like this,” he said, holding the fork in his left hand while moving the knife clutched in his right hand back and forth in a sawing motion.

Trevon, a fourth grader at Ruston Elementary School, was about to have dinner at the White House.

“It’s fine,” he said, glancing around the packed room. “You got all these people. You got teachers, principals. You have five schools.”

“And we get to have a three-course meal,” classmate Altis Britt chimed in.

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