Geneva High School offers students life skills course

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Cooking, cleaning, sewing and some of life's most basic skills have stopped being taught in schools. But Geneva High School is one of the few who still offer a course like this....

Students are learning more than just what you'll find in your kitchen, developing skills like communication, goal setting, and family functions that are essential for the students success.

"I feel like Geneva really has a head start on life really because I know a lot of the kids here in the community and every other community that don't get this opportunity," senior at Geneva High School, Kaylee Jones said.

Mrs. Galloway's Family and Consumer Science class at Geneva High School is one of the few who still offer a course that teaches everyday life skills.

Students learn not only how to cook and sew but how to set personal goals and search for career options.

"I try to teach them it's important to be independent no matter if you're going to a 4 year college, 2 year college, technical school, or going just to work they need to be independent on there own one day and I would like them to know the skills to do that," family and consumer science teacher at Geneva High School, Nancy Galloway said.

For many, these skills are not taught at home.

"So I know this really opens up a door for them. It teaches them how to take care of kids, how to cook for there kids, how to provide for their family and how to do every basic life skill that they should learn at home but don't get the opportunity to," Kaylee Jones said.

This course get's students away from the books...

"There's academics, academics, academics, yes I teach academics in my room but this pushes them back a little bit and let's them say hey I'm learning something about everyday living with Mrs. Galloway. I get to take a little breather sometimes and learn about life," Nancy Galloway said.

And student's say it's helping.

"Everybody learns different types of ways some people are visual learners, some people have to hear stuff to learn it but I feel like hands on just muscle memory, I guess when you see stuff and get to work with stuff you remember it a lot more," Kaylee Jones said.

In the end Galloway hopes through this course students get a different outlook on life.

"I just want to give them a sense of belonging and feel like hey if I can come to school for anything, I'm going to come learn some of those skills," Galloway said.

Seeing how important these skills can be.

"Being a family, and I think our society is getting away with being a family and sitting down together as a family. That's why fast food is convenient but if they know how to cook they're taking the time to do that, they can sit down as a family and have that bond and talk more, communication," Galloway said.

Students who take the course are offered Serve Safe, a 5 year credential that makes them food safety certified.

The class also helps with several community service projects, including school receptions where they help prepare food for the event.

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