Summer enrichment opportunities for kids at Girard Middle School

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DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - Family Consumer Science (FCS) courses are slowly being taken out of school, and Girard Middle School is bringing it back during the summer.

"They get to explore their creative side and look at things from a different perspective. This might be something they want to do when they grow up,” said assistant principal Kim Smith. “It offers a couple things, creativity and long term possibilities."

Smith says that Girard, along with other Dothan City Schools, did away with FCS about 7 or 8 years ago.

Tara Hooks-Grant is a culinary teacher at the Dothan Technology Center; she says teaching at Girard has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her career.

"It’s nice to see the eagerness of the middle schoolers, and we're hoping that this might bring a relationship that we can continue with both schools, not just Girard but other middle and elementary schools as well,” added Hooks-Grant.

But it's not just learning how to make a pizza; they're learning why math is so important in the kitchen, time management, reading instructions and proper etiquette.

The summer program is possible through a $450,000 grant from 21st Century Community Learning.

In addition to cooking there's also cosmetology, dance and conflict resolution classes.

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