Performer brings manners mission to town

Mirror staff

Judi Vankevich, a former Paris fashion model who’s been dubbed the “Martha Stewart of manners,” will impart her children-oriented lessons on etiquette in interactive shows at two Federal Way schools next week.

Judi the Manners Lady, as she’s billed, will perform Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Wildwood Elementary School and at 1:30 p.m. at Adelaide Elementary School.

In the evening, families can attend a third performance at Adelaide at 6:30 p.m.

Hollywood-style improv and songs from her children’s CD “Everybody Needs Good Manners,” winner of the Covenant Awards for Best Children’s Album of the Year, help Vankevich teach “respect and manners in a way that kids love,” she said.

Sheryl Detray, a parent who is coordinating the British Columbia performer’s visit, said kids enjoy “the fun role-playing in (Vankevich’s) show. It’s exciting to see them having a great time learning such important life skills. Our school has great kids, and we just want to encourage them in a fun way.”

The evening show’s admission price is $15 per family and is recommended for families with children who are 3 to 13 years old. The daytime performances are free.

Vankevich, who said she got the idea from teaching her then-3-year-old daughter about the do’s and don’ts of social etiquette, has attracted media coverage of her manners mission in the U.S. and Canada. Her national television appearances in the U.S. include “CBS This Morning.” She also has appeared on Canadian television.

She said families at the Federal Way shows will be invited to say the “Good Manners Pledge” together and officially join the worldwide Manners Club at

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