Pictured surrounding Mayor Ken Markward are Katie Keller, Co-President of FCCLA at Vantage; Reagan Akom, Co-President of FCCLA at Vantage; Katie Coplin Chapter President at Van Wert; and Dru Johnson, District President of the Vantage Chapter of FCCLA. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Pictured surrounding Mayor Ken Markward are Katie Keller, Co-President of FCCLA at Vantage; Reagan Akom, Co-President of FCCLA at Vantage; Katie Coplin Chapter President at Van Wert; and Dru Johnson, District President of the Vantage Chapter of FCCLA. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – On Monday, FCCLA students from Vantage and Van Wert joined Mayor Ken Markward in Council Chambers to proclaim the week of Feb. 10-14, 2020, as "National FCCLA Week."

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national non-profit, family-focused, extracurricular student organization for family and consumer sciences students through 12th grade, according to the proclamation. The organization helps youth assume their roles in society through family and consumer sciences education in the areas of personal growth, family life, college readiness, career exploration, leadership, and community involvement.

Markward presented both the Vantage and the Van Wert students with a signed and framed copy of their own proclamation.

Below is the proclamation:

"Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the national nonprofit, family-focused, extracurricular student organization for family and consumer sciences students through grade 12, helps youth assume their roles in society through family and consumer sciences education in the areas of personal growth, family life, college readiness, career exploration, leadership, and community involvement; and

"Whereas, the organization extends classroom learning through chapter service projects that develop leadership and employability skills, and helps young men and women learn how to plan, make decisions, and carry out and evaluate programs of action through working with other youth and adults within their school, community, and state; and

"Whereas, FCCLA offers members an opportunity to work together for common purposes for the improvement of themselves, as well as their families, careers, and communities; and

"Whereas, the week of February 10 through 14, 2020 has been designated national FCCLA week with the theme, “your story.”

"Now, therefore, I, Kenneth J. Markward, Mayor of the City of Van Wert, hereby proclaim the week beginning February 10, 2020, as

“National FCCLA Week”

"In the city of Van Wert, and urge all citizens to acquaint themselves with the activities and values of family, career and community leaders of America, to show interest in, and provide support and encouragement to the students who are working to achieve knowledge and experience that will help prepare them for future responsibilities as active and concerned adult members of society.

"In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the city of van wert to be affixed hereto this 10th day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty."