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Keeping FACS Alive: Building strong families and businesses in North Carolina

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”!

I teach Family and Consumer Sciences Education in North Carolina. I teach Apparel I, Apparel II, Advanced Studies in Apparel, Foods I, and Teen Living.

My students learn the importance of building stronger families. In each one of the courses that I teach, we discuss the Family Life Cycle and how that relates to that particular discipline. Students learn basic life skills like how to sew, mend, and alter clothing, how to prepare nutritious meals, how to build stronger relationships, and how to handle finances, among several other skills.

My students in Apparel create a classroom business and learn what it means to create a business plan. Students learn in Foods classes how to prepare meals for their families, cultural influences, nutritional needs for their family members, as well as how to shop for a variety of needs. Students learn about career choices and leave my class with a plan of action for their future.

Nicole Gwishiri
Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools--- Mount Tabor High School

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