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Keeping FACS Alive: A Family Tradition in Alaska

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

I have been teaching FCS (Home Ec!) at Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska, for 25 years. There were two years that the program was cut because of cuts but it was brought back, some years full-time and sometimes part-time. Students enjoy my class. Some look forward to taking this class from their early elementary years. The class has become a family tradition! I have a traditional classroom with kitchen stations, a section for sewing machines, and a classroom area--decorated in an orange color scheme since that is what was popular when our school was built in the late 70s. I focus on food preparation, reading recipes, measuring, nutrition, and sewing techniques with some consumer education and other topics as there is time. Something that makes me smile is when I meet parents of students I had many years ago and they tell me they still have that 7th grade pillow project. I figure there must be thousands of those pillows around Fairbanks and Alaska!

Kanza Easterly-Keill

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