Mrs. Lynda Ragan, VWHS Family and Consumer Science teacher, and her FCCLA students proudly display their banners, yard signs, and car stickers as part of their bus safety project.
Van Wert High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students were recently awarded $2,500 after being hand-selected by the national FCCLA for their outstanding achievement in the FACTS (Families Acting for Traffic Safety) program.
In February, the VWHS FCCLA chapter received a $1,000 grant to fund their bus safety project after it was submitted to the national FCCLA program. With this money, students were able to purchase three large banners, 25 yard signs and 1,000 car stickers to promote their message “Red Lights Flashing – No Passing”. Senior Madison Krick and junior Megan Vogt took the lead on the project, with junior Allie Etter designing the artwork.
50 Ohio FCCLA chapters were awarded a $1,000 grant with four of those also receiving an additional $2,500. Along with Van Wert High School, the other $2,500 winners included: Black River High School, Anthony Wayne Jr. High School – Penta Career Center, and Fairfield Union High School.
Krick and Vogt took their bus safety project to the regional FCCLA competition on February 29, where they received a silver rating along with all other VWHS groups who competed. Four of the VWHS projects that competed at regionals qualified to compete at the state level:
- National Programs in Action (Bus Safety) – Madison Krick and Megan Vogt
- Nutrition and Wellness – Katie Hauter and Klare Sidle
- Leadership – Dru Johnson
- Recycle and Repurpose – Hallie Wise
Due to the recently implemented social distancing regulations, the in-person state competition was cancelled and will be converted to a virtual conference. At this time, the state competition has yet to be rescheduled.
Lynda Ragan, VWHS Family and Consumer Science teacher explained that students and bus drivers were in the process of distributing yard signs and car stickers when the social distancing regulations took effect. The plan is to continue distribution prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year in the hopes of raising bus safety awareness.