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Keeping FACS Alive: Mississippi Sees the Culinary Side of FACS

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 am teaching the culinary portion of the Edible Schoolyard Pathway at Upper Mississippi Academy. My students are learning about food and the growing process from the importance of healthy soil to the difference between an heirloom and a hybrid. They work in the garden when they can and use the harvest in the kitchen. They have accomplished precise knife skills and how to be a team player. The best part of the culinary class is when the kids walk away with a new-found love of a vegetable that they thought they didn't like before they worked with it. I am so proud to be teaching life-long skills in the kitchen and helping to open kids' eyes to the wonders of whole foods and the amazing benefits they provide. Because a side effect of my class is a new appreciation of vegetables, I believe that I am influencing healthy choices that will become habits for the rest of their lives.

Dina Berray

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