The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard, and reserve forces. VFW programs and services work to support veterans and service members and their families worldwide.
To that end, the organization is accepting nominations for the 2017 VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.
The annual award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high, and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics for at least half the school day in a classroom environment can be nominated.
Winners will receive a $1,000 award for professional development expenses; a $1,000 award for his/her school; two award plaques (one for the teacher and one for his/her school); and an all-expenses-paid trip to a VFW conference to receive their award.
Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and patriotism are ideal candidates for the award.
See the VFW website for complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as information about past winners of the award.