Reporter Amelia Santaniello wanted to know find out how our kids are doing on manners these days, so she pulled her hair back, donned the proper uniform, and posed as a cafeteria worker at Plymouth Middle School, serving the children lunch and tracking the number of “thank yous.”

The results?

In the end, 42 percent of the kids during the first lunch period said the “magic words.”

They actually outperformed the grownups. Of the six adults I served, only a couple said “thank you.”

I found some of the well-mannered eighth graders who said “thank you” and asked them why they bother when other kids don’t.

“Well, I guess it’s just how I was raised,” said Brandon Hults.

Time to bring back Emily Post (or Peggy, for that matter)?