VFW seeks nominations for National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 1260 is kicking off its Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 1260 is kicking off its Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

"Every year, the VFW recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students," a release said.

The three winning teachers receive $1,000 for their professional development, $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses-paid trip to the VFW’s National Convention in July.

Teachers of grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 can be nominated by fellow teachers, students, supervisors or other interested individuals.

Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism, and strive to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs are prime candidates for the award, the release said.


Nominated teachers compete at the local VFW Post level with the winners advancing to District. District winners compete in the state-level competition with state first-place winners advancing to the National Competition.

The VFW enacted the Teacher of the Year award contest in 1999 as a way to identify and recognize America’s best educators. The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top teachers who instill a sense of national pride in students by teaching citizenship education topics regularly and promoting America’s history and traditions effectively.

Nomination forms are due at the local VFW Post by Oct. 31.

Those interested in nominating a teacher for this contest can contact the Citizenship Education Chairman at VFW Post No. 1260 by phone at (502) 263-9802 or email for more information.

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