A New Appreciation for The Art of Taking Tea
By Heather Clary
Most of my articles revolve around tea and exotic travel, including domestic and international destinations. This article focuses the hopes that youth around the world will newly appreciate the art of taking tea, regardless of their geography.
Just recently I was informed of a new educational tea club for academic schools, including universities, that is sponsored by an established international tea association. As an educator, I responded as quickly as possible to the offer. Within three weeks, the association had shipped numerous items, including full-leaf tea, for my newly formed After-School tea club.
Tea Time On Mondays
On Mondays my students enjoy a lost art. That art is socializing with friends and conversing over hot tea without the use of electronic distractions and technology. Studies have shown that students who drink tea enjoy better grades in school, improved concentration, focus and grounding, a deeper understanding of ethics and integrity, and enhanced personal behavior and compassion for others. Two future activities for the tea club include hands on cooking activities to enhance the flavors in food partnered with teas and fundraising for children of tea plantation farmers (funding schooling/supplies for children that would otherwise not be able to attend school due to financial ability).
Teachers starting an ITMA Tea ClubTM at their school will receive, free of charge, an 8-piece ITMA Starter Tea Kit from Imperial Tea in San Francisco, 6 Chinese tasting and aroma cups, 17 high-end tea samples, new member enrollment forms, club flyer template for posting meetings, sample meeting announcements, and a special club door sign. Interested in starting a ITMA Tea Club?
Contact the International Tea Masters Association (619) 210-1080
Heather is a Certified Tea Master. She is a native Houstonian, Texas Aggie and a single mother of three children. Her interests include Japanese tea ceremonies, tea blending, traveling, quilting, and running.
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