The Washington City Council has agreed to contribute $5,000 to help defray the cost of hosting the Missouri Association of Student Councils State Convention to be held in March at Washington High School.

The decision to help fund the convention was unanimously approved Monday night following a presentation by WHS Student Council members Taylor Straatmann, Aaron Meyer and Austin Subke.

The convention is scheduled for three days, March 14-16.

The last time Washington High hosted the state convention in 2001, the city council provided $5,000 to the Student Council.

More than 800 high school students, representing over 200 high schools from across the state, are expected to participate.

The convention is expected to have an economic impact of about $500,000 with adult advisers staying in local hotels, and both advisers and students eating and shopping here.

Meanwhile, local families are being asked to host three to six students for the duration of the convention.

Students will listen to national speakers and participate in workshops on motivation, school spirit, communication and other topics.

The convention theme is “From Country Roads to City Lights, STUCO Unites!”

Forms for families interested in hosting can be found at the district office, the high school and on the school district’s website.

Funding for the convention will come from this year’s convention fee of $75 per person as well as donations from local businesses.

The Student Council’s goal is to raise $20,000.