Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Exeter-milligan Update: FCS/FCCLA News



By Mary Lou Vossler, Exeter-Milligan FCS Instructor and FCCLA Sponsor


EM FCS Class Update:

Foods & Nutrition:  Students have had the opportunity to learn about quick & yeast bread. Each student had the opportunity to learn how to shape cinnamon rolls or kolaches.  The aroma in the classroom was wonderful.  They hopefully aren't intimidated by baking.  We took a bit of a break and enjoyed a "wing" lab and I must say the kids could open their own food trucks or sell them all.  WOW!  They definitely turned out some delicious wings that they all got a chance to taste and enjoy.

FCS 9/Careers:  Students wrapped up their major budget project.  In this project, they "draw" for their hypothetical career with a salary, a career for a significant other with a salary, and a number of children.  They then determined their income after taxes and savings, named their children, selected a home based on their income, bought a mode of transportation, selected a pet for their "family", paid monthly bills, "drew" unexpected challenges or situations that made an effect on their family and finances, created a weekly menu for their family and used this expense to estimate the monthly cost of groceries and of course planned a family vacation/getaway while staying in budget.

We've now moved on to careers and each of them is investigating a possible career they may want to pursue after graduation.  Their eyes are being made wide open when they see the cost, the classes they need to take in high school, and the demands of the job.

Adult Living- Our class was able to donate 2 sets of pillowcases, 1 baby blanket, 14 throw blankets, 54 new twin/full-size thermal blankets, and $150 to People's City Mission- Lincoln, NE.  "Thank You" to the communities of Exeter and Milligan for your donations. Students have focused on "Decisions You Face" in adulthood, with the first unit focusing on avoiding harmful substances and now lifestyle options and consequences.

Child Development- Students experienced Reality Babies earlier this semester and are now focusing on the fetus's development and the changing body of the mother.  Soon childbirth methods and learning about the newborn.  We will hopefully have an opportunity to zoom in with a new mommy and newborn.

FCS 8- Students will be learning about safety in the kitchen, nutrition, measuring techniques, and reading recipes, and then enter the kitchen lab area for some simple food preparation.



EM FCCLA officers and members were able to attend FCSTN Legislative Workshop which was held on Feb. 8th. FCCLA members met in the Werner Legislative Chamber and were welcomed by Senator Vargas. Senator Vargas shared his journey to becoming a Nebraska Senator which was quite captivating.  Members were introduced to a lobbyist and their role in getting potential legislative bills supported.  A tour of the Nebraska Supreme Court Room followed.  Attendees were given a history of the State Capitol and the architectural aspects of the courtroom.  EM FCCLA participated in a tour of the State Capitol and then did a scavenger hunt which pulled in several of the architectural aspects, statues, and history of the Capitol.   Members then joined all those in attendance at a luncheon in the Governor's Mansion.  The day was wrapped up with a ride to the 14th floor of the Capitol to look out over the area.   Those in attendance ( photo L to R).  Emma Meyer, Taylor Pribyl, Savana Krupicka, Troy Kallhoff, Lily Jeffries, Kierra Papik.


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