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FHS FACS Class learns about service

September 26, 2012

Millie Piper, Tristan Steiner and Kade Clarke 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
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Millie Piper, Tristan Steiner and Kade Clarke
 Bailey Onken, Kasey Hermeling, and Orin Kaufman 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Bailey Onken, Kasey Hermeling, and Orin Kaufman
Nicole Sauer, Katy Hakeneis, and Justin Dierks  
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Nicole Sauer, Katy Hakeneis, and Justin Dierks
 Courtney Zins, Lyndsay Lang and Aron Hulstein 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Courtney Zins, Lyndsay Lang and Aron Hulstein
Claire Westra, Brandon Everett, and Courtney Heppler 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Claire Westra, Brandon Everett, and Courtney Heppler
By Norma Dittman
Marcine Elder’s eighth grade Family and Consumer Science class has been learning about the value of service-learning.

What is service-learning? It is a learning experience that can provide community service through researching, advocating, and persuading others others to work together toward a common cause.

The members of the FACS class have learned that the steps of service learning involve spending time researching a subject, creating a plan of action, acting upon the plan, reflecting on the outcome, and celebrating the outcome.

Divided into five teams, the FACS class members chose five projects to research. They were Texting and Driving, Handwashing, Childhood Hunger, Childhood Obesity, and Little Dresses for Africa.

Research done by the Texting and Driving team comprised of Brandon Everett, Courtney Heppler, and Claire Westra, revealed that there were 448,000 injuries and deaths in 2009 directly related to texting while driving. A five second time span is used by most people when texting while driving. With a driver not focusing on the road for that five seconds, many accidents can occur.

Their research also indicated that cell phone companies are getting behind the cause of not texting while driving and are providing their own applications wherein a phone can be quieted to not distract and tempt a driver.

On September 19th AT&T promoted No Text on Board Pledge Day. They encouraged their 240,000 employees and all subscribers to Take the Pledge and commit to never text and drive.

This team was surprised through their research by the number of people who think that they can safely text while driving.

Team two had researched the value of good handwashing hygiene and learned that good handwashing with soap is the most effective way to prevent illness.

Aron Hulstein, Lyndsay Lang and Courtney zins learned that it is essential for good health to wash hands before eating, touching or preparing food, before and after bandaging a cut or scrape, using the bathroom, cleaning up after pets, blowing your nose, caring for someone who is ill, and changing diapers.

They informed their classmates that the proper way to wash hands is to wet your hands, apply soap, and rub while singing the ABC song.

They explained that two to ten million bacteria can be found between the fingers and the elbows.

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