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The Disaster Assistance Partnerships (DAP) for Home Economics Programs in Developing Countries is still collecting items in good condition or monetary donations for use in Home Economics educational programs in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the British West Indies. Many of the  Caribbean countries experienced a devastating loss of their schools and educational resources for their programs. Several pallets of supplies have been shipped to the Virgin Islands and British West Indies to assist schools with re-starting their home economics programs. The cost for shipping of these pallets of supplies has been almost $5,000. The current focus ...
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Wellness Wednesday: Students Inspire Gifts for Habitat for Humanity Year Three of the FCSfit Signature Initiative is themed "Emotional Health & Relationship Well-being" and kicked off in Atlanta at the 109th Annual Conference & Expo. Having a secure place to call home can play a huge factor in one's sense of well-being, and the Student Unit's annual On-Site Service Project benefited Habitat for Humanity, an organization well-known around the world for helping families build safe and affordable homes, for just that reason. Led by 2017-2018 Student Unit Co-leaders Jill Vanderhoof of Iowa State University and Joshua Eddinger-Lucero of University of Central ...
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Alexandria, Va. – July 17, 2018 – Jennifer Paff Ogle, Ph.D, and her three co-authors have received this year’s award for Outstanding Scholarship Article in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS) .  Sung-Jin Lee, Ph.D., and her four co-authors received Honorable Mention. The JFCS is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Both awards were announced at the AAFCS 109th Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Ga. The Outstanding Scholarship Article award recognizes one scholarly article from 2017 issues that meets the highest criteria for scholarship and writing ...
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Alexandria, Va. – July 17, 2018 – The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Board of Directors recently adopted the resolution titled, “Support Humane Policies & Treatment of Families Crossing Borders into the United States.” The Family & Consumer Sciences Education Association has also endorsed this resolution. In the resolution, it states that: AAFCS members, affiliates, and communities support the humane treatment of all individuals, families, and groups of people. AAFCS members, affiliates, and communities actively support policies and practices that consider and uphold the best interests of families. AAFCS ...
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Wellness Wednesday:  FCS Goes Off-Grid  Merriam-Webster's defines "off-grid" as "not connected to or served by publicly or privately managed utilities (such as electricity, gas, or water)." This week we're excited to feature 17-year member and former affiliate president and national membership committee chair  Lorraine Tanguay of Maine,   who, as a seasoned   off-grid resident since 1991 , could be the ambassador for   FCS fit   Year Two  on the theme of resource well-being!  Read on to learn how she does it: Will you describe your house?  Our house is now a three-bedroom farm house which is situated in the western mountains of Maine. It looks ...
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Wellness Wednesday:  Extension Grant Seeks to Expand Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance AAFCS is excited to introduce one of our 2018 award recipients this week,   Joan Koonce, CPFFE, Professor & Financial Planning Specialist , University of Georgia (UGA) Extension, whose background and professional interests align directly with our   FCS fit   Year Two theme, Financial & Resource Well-being . Leading a team of 19, Joan is the project leader for,   Improving Household Finances of Rural Households through Virtual Volunteer   Income Tax Assistance (VITA) , chosen to receive the   Excellence in Extension Grant of $5,000   from ...
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Alexandria, Va. – May 8, 2018 – On Teacher Appreciation Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is officially announcing its AAFCS Teacher of the Award winners, including Camelle Kinney, department chair and family and consumer sciences (FCS) educator, North Star High School, Lincoln, Nebraska, who will be receiving the AAFCS 2018 Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist award. “I am so proud to be an FCS teacher at North Star High School,” said Kinney. “I get the chance to work with some amazing students who make teaching fun, interesting, and a learning experience for all.” Sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher , the Teacher ...
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Alexandria, Va. – May 8, 2018 – On Teacher Appreciation Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is officially announcing its AAFCS Teacher of the Award winners, including Karen Roberts, family and consumer sciences (FCS) educator, Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, Virginia, who will be receiving the AAFCS 2018 Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist award.   “Being an FCS teacher is such a rewarding experience because I am helping students prepare for one of the most important roles that they will have as individual – being a contributing member of society who serves their community with dignity, integrity, respect, and love ...
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Alexandria, Va. – May 8, 2018  – On Teacher Appreciation Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is officially announcing its AAFCS Teacher of the Award winners, including Jenny Watson, CFCS, family and consumer sciences (FCS) educator, Southeast Middle School, Kernersville, North Carolina, who will be receiving the AAFCS 2018 National Teacher of the Year award.   “I am very passionate about my work in family and consumer sciences and encourage others to acquire the skills and knowledge related to becoming a better individual,” said Watson. “If a student can learn to be respectful and kind, the rest will come.” Sponsored ...
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Today is officially designated   Financial Health Matters Day . As we like to share content from our members whenever possible on   Wellness Wednesday , today the stars really aligned! Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head , CPFFE, CFCS , Family Resource Management Field Specialist at   South Dakota State University   (and the leader of the AAFCS Community of Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM)), penned this post which will undoubtedly resonate with many of you. We've only excerpted from it below, so encourage you to read the full post on her blog. You can also connect with her in person at   AAFCS AC2018  in June! From  The Financially Independent ...
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