“We Don’t Call It Home Ec Anymore”

Larson Middle School 6th-grader Noah Haley does some up-close cross stitch work in the after-school Life Skills Club.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“Hopefully this can introduce me to some new things I can do in my free time,” said 6th-grader Danni Vagts as she worked on a cross stitch project.

Meeting once-a-month after school for two hours, the Life Skills Club teaches things outside of the normal curriculum.

6th-graders Maddy Long, Nerissa Longroy, Megan Moebus and Lily Batzold work on their cross stitch patterns.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“I designed the club to have these two-hour chunks so we can do what, I think, are bigger and better things,” said teacher Sarah Condne. “I try and do a little bit of everything, just fun stuff we don’t get a chance to cover in the class.”

“I think it’s pretty fun. There are challenges and you get to make a lot of cool stuff every single time you get here,” said 7th-grader Eli Kuriakose.

“I thought it would be interesting to try something different. My favorite thing so far has been covering marshmallows with chocolate,” said 8th-grader Elise Moore.

“We don’t call it home ec anymore,” Condne explained. “I tried to just create big themes for the month. We’re gonna do eggs next month. In May we’re going to do gardening and in June we’ll have a big party.”

Teacher Sarah Condne explains a basic stitch with the help of an overhead projector. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

 “It’s really fun to get the opportunity to do stuff that you don’t regularly do. Today we’re doing cross stitching and I wanna make a laughing emoji,” said Alaina Sharp.

“Cross stitching is a little challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it, I think it’s going to be pretty fun,” said 6th-grader Julian Kirchler. “It makes me feel like an old person,” he laughed. “This reminds me of my grandma up north.”

6th-grader Ameilia Lin keeps focused on her work. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

It is challenging. “I’m making my first initial, “L,” said 6th-grader Lily Batzold. “But right now I can’t get the string through the needle.”

“I like that we get to learn different things like stitching and baking,” said Jackie Kennedy. “I’m making a cross-stitch pattern of a cherry.”

Condne joked about what she thought all the kids were going to make, “I think everybody wants to do the poop emoji,” she said.

Liam Strachan gets help threading his needle from teacher Sarah Condne. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

The students had several different takeaways from the club’s second month.

“I like to learn about new things. I think it’s cool to learn how to sew, because I never knew how,” explained 6th-grader Sophia Selden.

“I like how you can learn about basic stuff that you’d need in your life when you get older,” said 6th-grader Roxana Tipurita.

“I think most of it is just about learning certain skills you can do and find your passion,” said 7th-grader Isabella Sulak.

“I’m just looking forward to having fun,” concluded 7th-grader Addison Parsell.

6th-grader Jackie Kennedy works on her first cross stitch. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)