Each year, students in Petrus' class participate in "High Tea," a program complete with scones, clotted cream and hot tea. The students wear their "Sunday best," and may pick the type of tea they would like to sample. Petrus says she usually gives them a choice between Earl Gray, peppermint, an English Breakfast tea and vanilla Chei.
In years passed, the annual event has been held at the school, but, this year, students were able to go to the First United Methodist Church, where the setting was in order to English homes. For many of the students, it is a glimpse into some of the traditions Petrus loves, while showing them how they do things "across the big pond." Seniors look forward to the ritual each year and even though they may like their tea cold and with sugar, it is an experience.
"My students always enjoy the day of getting to dress up and I love sharing with them things I have learned in my travels to England," Petrus said.
"It's different, but I really enjoyed it," Senior Avianna Battle said.
The students are working on research papers this semester and will soon read the Oscar Wilde play, "The Importance of Being Earnest."