Students have been busy celebrating Vo-Educational Week. I have visited all of the area schools over the last couple of weeks taking pictures. The students and advisers have been very gracious and welcoming.
It has been awhile, but I do remember my years in FHA (Future Homemakers of America) and home economics classes. Today it has been renamed to be more fitting for the times and is called FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America).
Back in the old days when I was in school, only girls were in FHA and only boys were in FFA (Future Farmers of America). I don't guess it was written in stone, but none of us ever thought about trying to sign up for FFA, and I don't think any of the boys were interested in FHA.
I think it is better today, giving the boys and girls the opportunity to learn skills they will need throughout their lives. Both organizations are much more than cooking, sewing and farming.
Even if I had been able to take FFA, it would not be a guarantee I would be able to drive a nail. After all, I had four years of home economics and I still can't make a garment anyone would want to wear out in public or plan a grocery list with all of the ingredients for a week of meals. I have never been able to decide on Saturday what I want to eat on Wednesday.
In addition to the FFA and FCCLA, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) has come a long way and our schools are keeping up with technology.
Again, I can remember when we got the first electric typewriters in our business room at Manila High School. We had two electric typewriters added to the many big, black manual typewriters. We had to share, so once a week or so we would get to use the electric one. It seemed so fast.
I took a couple of courses at a local vo-educational school in the early 1970's, and all of our bookkeeping was by hand and our business machines consisted of electric typewriters and 10-key calculators.
All of our schools seem to do a good job of keeping up with technology. The young people today are fortunate to have grown up with the computers.
I was never in FFA, so I don't know as much about the changes there, but I am sure it has kept up with the times just as the other vocational-educational classes have.
I have been out of school for 43 years. I wonder where all of it will go over the next 40 years.
We have been working on our annual salute to the area Vo-Ed students and, again, I want to thank the students and teachers for allowing me into their classrooms. Keep up the good work. Local vo-educational activities and students from Manila, Buffalo Island Central and Riverside schools will be featured in next week's Town Crier.