SPRINGFIELD, NJ — At last week's township committee meeting, the township announced by proclamation that March 2020 would be designated as Youth Art Month.

According to the proclamation, the decision was made based on the number of benefits for students, including a development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills, appreciation of multi-cultural values and beliefs and helps to bring to life what students learn in other subjects.

The announcement to name March as Youth Art Month follows the national trend, as national leaders have acknowledged the necessity of art education, according to the proclamation.