MANHATTAN — Jana’s Campaign Inc. co-founders Curt and Christie Brungardt received the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science “Award of Merit” for their work to reduce teen dating violence in Kansas. The award was presented at the 2017 KATFACS Summer Conference on Aug. 1 in Manhattan.

Given annually, the award recognizes individuals outside the field of career and technical education for the “highest meritorious contributions for the improvement, promotion and development and progress of career and technical education.”

The Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science provides leadership and support to Family and Consumer Sciences professionals. For the past several years, Jana’s Campaign has partnered with Family and Consumer Science and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America to provide education about teen dating violence. FCS teaches students a variety of skills, research and knowledge that guides them to “achieve optimal quality of life.” The field of FCS includes many areas such as human development, personal and family finance, and wellness. FCCLA is a co-curricular organization that helps students make a difference in their families, careers and communities through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Through this partnership, there has been tremendous impact made across the region through education and prevention of gender and relationship violence.

Gayla Randel, FCS Kansas state director, believes the award given to Jana’s Campaign and the Brungardts is a great representation of their partnership.

“(It) makes one realize how very lucky the FCS/FCCLA profession is to share the desire to solve this problem with you and then to be able to promote your solution,” she said. “We are humbled by the loss you had to experience to make it happen, but ecstatic you won this award.”

Jana’s Campaign is thankful for the many partners within FCS and FCCLA that recognize the importance of reducing teen dating violence.