Recognize Teachers Who Care About America
Founded in 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars isÂ concerned with the education of Americaâ€™s youth.Â VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary have developedÂ a slate of programs dedicated to this endeavor.Â VFWâ€™s Citizenship Education program stimulatesÂ interest in Americaâ€™s history, traditions, institutions,Â civic responsibility, flag etiquette andÂ patriotism.
VFW wants to identify and recognize Americaâ€™sÂ best educators who instill a sense of national prideÂ in students. VFW offers cash awards, commemorativeÂ plaques and all-expenses-paid trips to aÂ national VFW conference for these worthyÂ teachers. The trip will provide an opportunityÂ for winners to exchange ideas.
Teachers care deeply about America andÂ its children. Theyâ€™re concerned about theÂ perpetuation of Americaâ€™s noblest traditionsÂ and highest ideals. Wouldnâ€™t you like to seeÂ them get the honor they deserve? Now you can.
Promoting Citizenship Education
VFW annually recognizes the nationâ€™s top classroomÂ elementary, junior high and high school teachers whoÂ teach citizenship education topics regularly teachingÂ (at least half of the school day in a classroom environment)Â and promote Americaâ€™s history, traditions andÂ institutions effectively.
Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flagÂ etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for thisÂ award. For example, do you know a teacher whoÂ plans field trips to city hall or organizes communityÂ volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructorÂ who invites veterans into the classroom to discussÂ their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiarÂ with a teacher who fosters the development ofÂ democratic values and beliefs through specialÂ projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor himÂ or her today with the Smart/Maher VFW NationalÂ Citizenship Education Teacher Award.
How Does the Contest Work?
Based on the nominees submitted, VFWâ€™s localÂ chapters, called Posts, will recognize one outstandingÂ teacher in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts thenÂ submit these winnersâ€™ names to their District-levelÂ judging, who will forward their winners to theÂ Department (or state) level. After judging, eachÂ Department then forwards the names of its winnersÂ to VFW National Headquarters for considerationÂ in the national awards contest.
Who is eligible?
All current classroom teachers (teaching at leastÂ half of the school day in a classroom environment)Â in grades K-12 are eligible. Previous state andÂ national VFW winners are ineligible. NominationsÂ can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisorsÂ or other interested individuals (not relatives).Â Self-nominees are not eligible.
How are teachers nominated?
Fill out the nomination form contained in thisÂ brochure. In 350 words or less, describe whyÂ you feel your nominee should be selected.Â Describe the teacherâ€™s innovative teachingÂ and resource development methods, as wellÂ as his or her dedication to education. PleaseÂ submit your completed nomination form andÂ signed essay to your local VFW Post. CheckÂ the phone book for Post locations or callÂ VFWâ€™s Programs Department at (816) 756-3390 toÂ find the Post nearest to you.
Â All Post-level nominees, if they win, shouldÂ provide a one-page resume, up to fiveÂ pages of documentation of their teachingÂ experience (references, news articles) andÂ a head-and-shoulder photo of themselves.
When is the deadline?
Nominations must be received by November 1Â by your local VFW Posts, which conduct judgingÂ from November 2-15.
What are the National awards?
Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship EducationÂ Teacher Award includes the items below:
â€¢ A national $1,000 Past Commander-in-ChiefÂ John Smart award for each of the top K-5,Â 6-8 and 9-12 teachers for professionalÂ development expenses.
â€¢ $1,000 award for each winningÂ teacherâ€™s school.
â€¢ Plaques for both the winning teacherÂ and school.
â€¢ An all-expenses-paid trip to attend aÂ VFW and Ladies Auxiliary NationalÂ Conference.
Nominate Someone Deserving
Have a teacher in mind? Fill out the nominationÂ form and submit it to your local VFW Post.Â The investment that a teacher makes in todayâ€™sÂ youth will be the dividends we will all reapÂ from future leaders.