113 Closing Down Your FCS Classroom: Inventory, Maintenance, Communication, Storage, Surplus, and Grants

Episode Summary

In this episode, we discuss the process of closing down a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classroom at the end of the school year. We cover six key areas to consider: inventory, maintenance, communication, storage, surplus, and grants. You don’t want to miss out on this episode!

Episode Notes

• Let’s start with closing down your FCS lab/classroom. It’s important to begin with inventory, taking stock of all your equipment, tools, and supplies. This will help you determine what needs to be repaired, replaced, or ordered for the upcoming school year. Additionally, proper maintenance and cleaning of equipment should be performed to ensure its longevity and effectiveness.

  • Inventory is an important aspect of closing down an FCS classroom/lab. It is essential to take an accurate inventory of all the items in the lab, including equipment, tools, materials, and supplies. This inventory will help you determine what needs to be disposed of, what can be stored for the next school year, and what needs to be ordered or replaced.

•  OR your Sewing & Textiles labs- Sewing and embroidery machines in FCS classes should also be serviced and maintained before closing down the classroom. This includes cleaning and oiling the machines, replacing any worn or broken parts, and ensuring they are stored in a dry and secure location. It is also important to inventory these machines and any accompanying accessories, such as needles and thread, to ensure everything is accounted for and in good condition for the next school year. Additionally, if any repairs or replacements are needed, it’s best to take care of them during the summer months to avoid any delays or disruptions during the school year.

• Now let’s talk about grants and scholarship opportunities for FCS educators. There are several grants and scholarship opportunities available for FCS educators that can enhance their classroom experience. The USDA offers several grants that can help you enhance your classroom and provide hands-on learning experiences for your students. For example, the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas and Agriculture and Food Sciences Facilities and Equipment grant can help you acquire equipment and resources that can enhance your students’ learning experiences. The Renewable Resources Extension Act – National Focus Fund Projects grant can also help you develop innovative curricula and provide hands-on learning experiences for your students which supports innovative curricula and provides training and outreach to rural communities. https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants

•  Additionally, the Home Baking Association offers an award for FCS educators who focus on baking education and its interdisciplinary benefits to young people. The award includes a $1,000 prize and entries must be submitted by May 31st, 2023. https://www.homebaking.org/entry-guidelines/

•  These grants and scholarships can provide valuable resources and support for FCS educators, allowing them to enhance their classrooms and provide better learning experiences for their students. Educators should take advantage of these opportunities and apply for the grants and scholarships that best suit their needs and goals.

If you are looking for more grants and scholarship opportunities, visit https://www.fcsed.net/prepare/prepare-scholarships for a complete list.

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May 3rd, 2023

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