Child Development and Family Relations
       Family and community services seniors win national competition

Students in Dr. Bettie Ann Carroll’s Family Life Education 4366 class took first place in a national competition to promote Family Life Education Month in February 2012 and beyond. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) hosted the competition, which asked students to design an awareness campaign for Family Life Education Month. Entries came from universities nation-wide.

Dr. Carroll assigned the competition as a class project and submitted several entries in the Best Student Classroom Project category. Family and community services seniors Brittany Ackley, Jessica Barrow, Taylor DeMagistris, Katlyn Davis, Matthew Desrosiers, and Megan McDonald won the competition with a campaign called “Helping Families Help Themselves.”

The winning campaign included a fact sheet, slogan, poster, family activities, and a press release about the goal of Family Life Education, which is to provide knowledge and skills to families that will improve their lives through prevention, education, and collaboration.

Brittany Ackley said, “As human service workers, the idea is to help families find solutions to their problems, not just give them the answer. Our goal was to have the slogan and poster show that there are many different aspects of the family and that everyone within a family may be facing a dilemma, and not just the adults.”

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) will use the ECU students’ winning campaign to promote Family Life Education in February. Competition entries were displayed at the NCFR national conference in Orlando, Florida. For more about Family Life Education Month, visit





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