WRV FCCLA members, faculty and staff enjoy a homemade lunch on Dine-In Day Dec. 3.
There is no better way to celebrate than to enjoy good food together. White River Valley Family, Career and Community Leaders of America shared a meal with high school faculty and staff on Dine-In Day, Dec. 3, to celebrate Family and Consumer Science (FACS).
FACS has a rich history, and we celebrate that history on the birthday of Ellen Swallow Richards, AAFCS founder.
Richards was the first female graduate of MIT. She was trained as a chemist and encouraged women to study the sciences. As a published author, she advocated for sanitation and nutrition. She worked to create courses, seminars and magazines to inform others on how to manage their home environment.
FACS coursework and FCCLA club activities continue to support and build on Richard’s foundation. And Dine-In Day is a great way to remember and celebrate her contributions.
Dining in has many benefits.
When you cook meals at home, you have the opportunity to try new foods, be creative and improve on your cooking skills. You can ensure that your meals are prepared in a sanitary way so no one gets a foodborne illness. Homemade meals are less expensive and more nutritious. They can also be prepared to suit the tastes of family members.
When you prepare and serve meals in your home, you control the environment. On Dine-In Day, families are supposed to sit at the table, put electronics away and focus on enjoying their food and family. Doing this brings the family closer together. The home is relaxed and family members can communicate.
This year FCCLA prepared a small garden salad, spaghetti, tomato sauce, meat sauce, garlic breadsticks and apple pie. This menu was served to over 40 people, including FCCLA members and WRV teachers and staff.
For the garden salad vegetables were cleaned, chopped and placed in bowls, so everyone could make their salad to their liking. Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese and croutons were all on the buffet. Ranch was the most popular salad dressing.
Many people at WRV avoid meat, so it was important for us to offer a meatless sauce. It took five pounds of beef to feed everyone that partook in the meat sauce. Both sauces were delicious, I know because I ate two servings - one of each.
The apple pie was made by Nutrition and Wellness students. Everyone enjoyed the apple pie and many commented that it was the best apple pie they had ever had. It is the same apple pie that many of them may purchase next week when Nutrition and Wellness students sell them for a class assignment.
The FCCLA members stayed after school to cook on Dec. 2, and then helped during homeroom to finish the meal. They have so much fun cooking together.
We had a nice meal on Dec. 3. Jazz music was played in the background and students and teachers took time to enjoy the food and relax together without their cell phones or iPads.
It was such a pleasant lunch and I look forward to it every year. I encourage everyone to pick an evening to cook good food and sit down at your table with your family and friends to enjoy your meal and your time together.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner