MEEKER I At the Board of Education meeting last month, Meeker’s Becky Ridings was presented with two awards related to what older folks used to think of as “home economics” at Meeker High School.
Now called Family and Consumer Science (FACS), the program has been in some flux the last several years. During the course of seven years in the Meeker classroom, there have been five FACS teachers.
The curriculum has been updated to meet the needs of 21st century students. There have, however, been a few consistencies, too. One of those is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA). FCCLA is a student led organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) education.
FACS education focuses on the student’s roles of family member, wage earner and upcoming community leader. Members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation.
While in FCCLA, most students choose to compete at the state and national level through STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. In order to be successful, many hours of work and a great deal of dedication go into these projects.
Volunteer assistant teachers must also have dedication and a passion for these projects.
Becky Ridings is one of these volunteers.
She has helped countless number of students to be successful at the state and national level. Due to her drive to help Meeker High School students succeed, she was nominated and received the National STAR Events Volunteer Award from FCCLA.
Only volunteers who exemplify a commitment to the continued success of STAR Events and the organization, as well as the Family and Consumer Science classroom, are eligible. This is a big deal for Ridings, as well as the FACS program, the FCCLA chapter and the students of Meeker High School.
Ridings has been one of the solid rungs with the FACS department. She has had three stints as the long-term substitute in the FACS classroom, is a member of the Advisory Board, and consistently promotes the FACS program.
Due to this and her dedication to students receiving a well-rounded education, Ridings was also nominated for and received the distinguished service award through the Colorado Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Ridings is very much appreciated for her time and effort working with both staff and students at Meeker High School. Her passion for real skills for real life radiate to those with whom she serves.
Editor’s Note: Brenda Mullins is the FACS teacher at Meeker High School, now in her second year less a relatively brief maternity leave to deliver her twin boys, now 10 months old. This is her 13th year teaching. Becky Ridings substituted for her during her maternity leave.