VFW to honor exceptional teachers

Submitted by Patty Locher, Program Chairwoman, Sabetha VFW Memorial Post 7285

Citizenship Education Teacher Award: Veterans of Foreign Wars annually offers the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

This award recognizes the nation’s top classroom teachers, in three teaching levels (elementary, junior high and high school), for their outstanding commitment to teaching citizenship education topics regularly, and promoting America’s history and traditions effectively to their students. At each VFW level — local post, district, state and national — a winner in each of the three categories will be selected.

Fellow teachers, supervisors or any other interested individuals (not relatives or nominee) may submit nominations to Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Eligible nominees must teach at least half of the school day in a classroom environment.

Current entry forms with instructions for this contest can be downloaded from the website at www.vfw.org; click on “Community,” then “Youth and Education.” Submissions for this contest must strictly adhere to the rules stated in the entry form. All nomination packets must include a clearly completed entry form, along with a 350-word (maximum) signed essay describing the teacher’s innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as his or her dedication to education.

The Post 7285 winner in each category will be required to immediately submit a one-page resume; up to five pages of documentation of his or her teaching experience, such as articles, awards and references; and a head-and-shoulders photo of the nominee.

The Sabetha Memorial VFW Post 7285 winner in each category will receive a monetary award locally and a certificate of recognition, and the selected nominations will be forwarded to district level. Each Kansas district will forward its nomination in each category to state level, and state winners will be forwarded to national level.

Winners at national level receive a $1,000 award for professional development expenses and a $1,000 award for the winning teacher’s school; two award plaques – one for the teacher, the other for his/her school; and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the VFW National Convention to receive the award. The top ten high school teachers also will get an invitation to attend a summer Graduate Seminar at Freedoms Foundation in Pennsylvania.

With the deactivation several years ago of the Hiawatha VFW post, and the 2016 deactivation of the Horton VFW post, leaving no active VFW post in Brown County, nominations of any teachers teaching in Brown School schools, as well as in Prairie Hills USD No. 113 and in Prairie Meadows Private School, may be submitted to Sabetha VFW Memorial Post 7285.

For more information about this contest to honor deserving teachers, contact Sabetha VFW Post 7285 Youth and Education Programs Chairperson Patty Locher at 785-284-0387 or email her at p2equinelover@aol.com.

Send submissions to Patty Locher, Sabetha VFW Memorial Post 7285 Youth and Education Programs Chairperson, 3373 Antelope Road, Sabetha, KS 66534, to arrive no later than Oct. 31. Submissions received after Oct. 31 will not be eligible.

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