Back-to-School Tips for Parents from AAFCS

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The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) presents helpful back-to-school tips for parents on planning healthy meals, purchasing clothes and school items, reducing conflict, planning for emergencies, and using technology and the Internet safely.

There is no better time than the beginning of the school year for parents to: evaluate the eating habits of their children, get meal planning help, pick up some handy tips about involving their children in the selection and purchase of their new clothes and school items, learn about conflict resolution, plan for emergencies, and learn how to use technology and the Internet safely.

These handy and informative topics are presented in an electronic press kit by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), a national nonprofit organization of educators and businesses concerned with LifeSkills and lifelong well being. The press kit can be accessed at http://www.aafcs.org/press_kit05/AAFCSnewsJUN05/AAFCSnewsaugepk05.htm or downloaded as a PDF file.

In addition to these topics, AAFCS highlights the 2005 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Ann Anderson, from Duncanville High School, Duncanville, TX, where she is currently a family and consumer sciences (FCS) teacher and chair of the FCS Department.

"The importance of teaching LifeSkills becomes more important each year as we work to prepare our children for the challenges that face them in our complex society," according to Ann Anderson, CFCS, AAFCS 2005 National Teacher of the Year.

About AAFCS

Founded in 1909, AAFCS is the only not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. AAFCS' 9,000 members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators; cooperative extension educators; and other professionals in business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government.

These professionals develop, integrate, and provide practical knowledge about LifeSkills- dietetics and nutrition; financial literacy; child care and parenting; conflict resolution; consumer education; housing and environment; and apparel and textiles.

Editors Note: Please call or e-mail Steve Hines, AAFCS Media Services, 703-327-3243 or shines @ aafcs.org or, Linda Wilson, AAFCS, 703-706-4609 or lwilson @ aafcs.org for additional information.

To support the significance of the Teacher of the Year story, AAFCS has produced a Video News Release and B-Roll footage in Betamax.

To book appearances, please contact Steve Hines.

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