The Kansas Pork Association staff, along with Udall High School family and consumer science (FCS) teacher Kacey Preston, presented a breakout session during the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education summer conference earlier this month.
 
KPA has been working with Preston to develop new FCS lesson plans, which will include daily lesson guides, hands-on activities, lab instructions and other supplemental materials. The lessons will focus on identifying cuts of pork, cooking methods, marinating tips and proper handling and storage. Information on how pigs are raised in Kansas is also included.
 
“Teaching students ways to appreciate the work and dedication of Kansas farmers is essential to helping Kansas thrive,” Preston said. “Knowing my students can enjoy every bite of pork products that have been prepared properly in the classroom is a feeling of success. Helping other teachers do this is the next step to success.”
 
KPA also funds a Pork in the Schools grant for FCS classrooms. Through this program, teachers can request up to $75 to be used to purchase pork that will be utilized in classroom labs with students. Grants are requested through and distributed by the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association.
New FCS plans introduced at teacher conference