Improving the image of a FACS program is a lot like marketing any other product. You want to keep a buzz going about your product/program so that the public doesn’t forget that you’re there. To do this you need to take every opportunity to get your product/program recognized.
The bad news about marketing your program is that it adds another task to your already over-extended to-do list. I so get that, believe me! It hasn’t been that long ago that I was exactly where you are—juggling school, extra-curricular, home and family responsibilities. However, from experience I can tell you that promoting your program and sharing what goes on in your classroom can go a very long way toward educating your community about the value of FACS.
The month of March offers so many opportunities for planning timely and newsworthy activities that dovetail perfectly with your FACS curriculum! Just in case you haven’t had time to check out some of these notable March events, here’s a list of a few FACS favorites:
- National Nutrition Month
- National Craft Month
- Women’s History Month (My last post relates to this.)
- National Talk to your Teen about Sex Month
- National Sauce Month
- National Quilting Day is March 16
- Read Across America Day is March 2
- National Frozen Food Month
- National School Breakfast Week (This week, March 4 – 8)
- National Parenting Awareness Month
A couple of other dates you may have heard of also come up in March: St. Patrick’s Day and this year Easter. Each of the holidays and events on this rather extensive list could be integrated into your FACS program as a unique classroom activity, contest, field trip, exhibit, or FCCLA project.
One thing I always did with my students during the month of March was to host a Nutrition Fair for the students in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade. My students developed games and activities that taught a nutrition concept to the elementary students based on a popular kid-friendly theme. (One year we used Sponge Bob Squarepants, as I recall. LOL). The elementary students were brought to the high school practice gym and moved through all of the exhibits with their teachers. It was a great learning experience for both my students and their young pupils. It took some planning and coordination, but the end results were well worth it. The bonus was that we always got great press from the event, which gave my FACS program great credibility.
Unless you already have an event in the works, I realize that it’s probably very short notice to make something like a nutrition fair happen this year. What I hope you will do is to begin planning now for March 2014 as well as the other months on the 2013 – 2014 school year and come up with some marketable and memorable events to put your FACS program on the It List in your school and community.
You’ll find an extensive list of holidays, special events, and notable days in FACS History in our FACS Teacher’s Classroom Companion. Visit our website for more information. www.freshfacs.com