Celebrating 50 years!
The original Foxfire experience. In your mailbox.
When given a choice about how they might make a high school English class more interesting, students at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School chose to produce a magazine, honing their writing skills on stories gathered from their families and neighbors, and producing articles about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia. They called it “Foxfire” after the glowing fungus that clings to rotted wood in the local hills.
The year was 1966, and Foxfire, the magazine has been in continuous publication ever since.
Foxfire moved to Rabun County High School in 1977, where it remained an English-credit class for many years, until changing staff and changing state curriculum guidelines forced the magazine to shift to a vocational elective program. But the goals of the magazine remain unchanged. At the heart of the students’ work is their desire to preserve the vanishing culture of Southern Appalachia—their culture—while meeting state curriculum mandates and publishing deadlines. This strong emotional connection to the work they do provides a solid foundation for the tremendous effort that it takes to keep the operation running.
Student leadership directs the day-to-day operation of the class with help from faculty facilitators, and the students use Rabun County and neighboring communities as resources for the information they gather. In keeping with the core practices of the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning, each issue is distributed to an audience well outside the classroom, across the entire United States.
Currently producing two double-issues of Foxfire each school year, students in the program develop their skills in writing, communication, collaboration, time management, decision-making, and problem-solving. Leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, and responsibility are also fundamentals of the program. Through their hard work and the acceptance of the audience beyond the classroom (subscribers and readers), students gain confidence in their own abilities, competence, and self-worth.
The Foxfire Magazine is offered to United States subscribers for an annual price of $12.95 for two double-issues. Click Here to subscribe, or call 706-746-5828. The publication dates are planned within the students' school calendar, with Spring/Summer issues targeted for publication in May, and Fall/Winter issues targeted for December.
We welcome international subscribers as well, but please contact us directly to order and make payment arrangements. The international subscription rate is $24.95 per year. You can request more information by contacting us or calling 706-746-5828.
Foxfire Today is an exciting new digital publication created by 5th and 6th grade students from Rabun County Elementary School. It follows in the footsteps of The Foxfire Magazine and involves project based learning.
"This new version of the Foxfire Magazine is dedicated to educating a younger generation of a new, modern-day Appalachian culture - our Appalachian culture. The past teaches us, but the present defines us. We are all a part of Appalachia and we are proud. We are Foxfire Today and we hope that you enjoy our very first issue."
~ Joy Phillips and M’ryanne Peacock, Instructors
I was a part of the magazine class [and] experienced all the emotions
that go along with it…the nerves before the first interview, the thrill
of a good interview, and the incredible pride after seeing your name
in print for the first time. The skills and opportunities I gained working
for Foxfire are assets that will help me throughout my life.
-Lacy Hunter Nix, Foxfire Alumna