BANGS — Instead of a room with desks, a chalkboard and a video screen, Rachel Hall’s classroom at Bangs High School is basically a kitchen.

Instead of English, math and science, Hall and colleague Angela Miller teach students how to plan a healthy meal, raise a young child or manage personal finances.

“This is life,” Hall said in her Family and Consumer Science (FCS) classroom, which does include tables, chairs and computers – but is dominated by a large kitchen.

“Regardless of anything else, you still have to go to work and hold a family together as an adult. FCS teaches life skills, and FCCLA develops leadership skills.”

What Hall is teaching now was called Home Economics under the Future Homemakers of America umbrella when she attended Fredericksburg High School in the 1970s. FHA was established in 1945 and continued until 2000.

These days, Hall teaches Family and Consumer Science under the umbrella of FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

“When I was in FHA, it was mostly cooking and sewing and some money management. A lot that is the same,” Hall said. “FCCLA has more career and technology education. There’s a lot more math because math is part of culinary arts, family budgeting and running a business.”

FCCLA also sponsors national competition