Moffat County High School FACS program benefits from donations |

Moffat County High School FACS program benefits from donations

Teacher: Contributions an ‘investment’ in youth

Andy Bockelman
Moffat County High School teacher Kelly Pyper and students display the serger machines donated to the Family and Consumer Science program. Classes like sewing, catering and child care have benefited in recent months from numerous donations and updates.
Andy Bockelman

The disciplines that encompass Family and Consumer Science — otherwise known as home economics — are ones that involve a lot of care and attention to detail. When students of this subject receive such qualities for their education, they’ll be able to put that back into their projects.

The Moffat County High School FACS program has been hard at work all year, but thanks to a number of generous folks, that effort is put to use on better equipment and materials.

Kelly Pyper regularly sees expenses for FACS that are unavoidable, such as cloth and machinery for her sewing classes, but it was with financial help from Friends of Moffat County Education, as well as donations by Walmart, local quilters, Pyper’s own sister and even an anonymous party from the online that she was able to bring in four new sergers, a great improvement for her students after last year.

“I think we had 25 kids on two sergers last year,” she said. “Every other day, they were breaking down.”

Projects like pillowcases for preschool students and patients at The Memorial Hospital, as well as clothing including dresses, shirts and pajamas are made easier by other handy tools like dress forms, pins, rotary rulers and cutters.

“The great thing is it didn’t cost the school anything,” Pyper said.

Sophomores Harley Little and Christine Harris are among those who are busy stitching their own clothing on the new machinery.

“It’s great for me, because I’m really interested in fashion design,” Little said.

FACS has regularly received fabric from Quilters Quest and The Embroidery Shoppe, while Northwest Storage and MCHS Student Council have also contributed to the program’s crafting of quilts to donate to Boys & Girls Club of Craig during the holidays.

The spirit of giving is still noticeable throughout the rest of Pyper’s classroom. Funding from Moffat County School District allowed her to refurbish her kitchen with some new appliances, including new ovens, while utensils were provided by The Kitchen Shop, a selection of new aprons by Dave DeRose and Casey Herod and monogrammed smocks by Dr. Jon Hamilton.

All of these are put to good use in the catering program, which provides meals for the MCSD Board of Education meetings and will also have its desserts on display during Sunday’s Bear River Young Life banquet.

Pyper said the amount of items people have been willing to step up and offer is humbling, though she doesn’t want to think of such donations as charity or a gift.

“It’s an investment in these kids and all they can do,” she said.

Pyper tries to keep the idea of investing in the future a recurring theme in all FACS classes, such as in the child development class, where students learn the kind of skills they’ll eventually need for parenting or to aid others going through the process.

“I believe everybody needs that,” Pyper said.

Bulletin boards put together by pupils are meant to enrich young children’s minds, but other parts of the curriculum are practical ways to oversee little kids.

Sophomore Shaeli Hatten said she has found techniques helpful while teaching a preschool dance class through Just Dance.

“It’s really handy,” she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or

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