Winners at the local Post level may be submitted for regional, state and potentially national-level competitions. Winners receive $1,000, as do their schools.
Teachers are grouped as K-5th, 6-8, and 9-12th grade categories. Selection is based on criteria established by the VFW National Headquarters.
VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly teaching (at least half of the school day in a classroom environment)and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.
Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. 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 know of such a teacher, honor him or her today with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.
The Deadline for the Post Nomination is November 1. The winners in each category will be announced at the Post level on November 9.
Nominations at the Post level consists of a 350-word essay regarding why the teacher meets the above outlined criteria. If you would like to nominate a teacher, please email me at rcjparry (at)yahoo(dot) com so I can send you a PDF of the nomination form.