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's many programs and services work to support veterans, service members and their families, and communities worldwide.
To advance its mission, VFW is accepting nominations for its VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for 2018.
The annual award contest recognizes three 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 features citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — is recognized.
Winners of the award will receive $1,000 for professional development expenses; $1,000 for their school; two award plaques (one for the teacher, the other for his/her school); and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.
Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and patriotism are prime candidates for the award.
See the VFW website for complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as information about winners from previous years.