The October 31st deadline for the VFW's Teacher of the Year award is rapidly approaching!
The contest is our way of recognizing teachers who go above and beyond to instill the values of civic responsibility and patriotism into their student’s daily lives. Each year, a classroom elementary, middle, and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects.
If you are interested in nominating yourself, or a teacher you know for this contest, simply submit your nomination form to our Post by Oct. 31. We’ll reach out to the teacher to do the rest. If you like, you can include a short summary (350 words or less) to explain why you feel the nominee should be selected.
For additional information about our program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.uptonvfw.org/TeacheroftheYear.
The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen student essay competition deadlines are approaching fast. Make sure to get your essays in by October 31.
VFW's Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Competition - for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, essay topic is "What is Patriotism to Me?". Top National prize is $5,000.
VFW's Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition - for students in the grades 9-12 audio essay topic is "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?". Top National prize is $30,000.
Information on the competitions may be found on our website at www.uptonvfw.org/patriots-pen and www.uptonvfw.org/voice-of-democracy.
George L. Wood Post 5594 was chartered on February 16, 1946. Today, the Post welcomes a new generation of combat veterans returning from overseas conflicts.