The national headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announced Debra Howell, a 4th-6th grade teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Wash., as one of the three teachers who are this year’s recipients of the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.
Ms. Howell was selected from entries submitted by VFW Posts across the United States and overseas. VFW Post 1561 and Auxiliary in Arlington, Wash., sponsored Ms. Howell.
Each of the three national recipients receives a $1,000 donation to their individual professional development account and another $1,000 to their school, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Reno, Nev., to participate in the 2012 VFW National Convention, July 21-26.
During the competition, the VFW recognized more than 1,100 teachers at various levels, presenting more than $212,000 in awards.
According to VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer, “We are very proud of Ms. Howell and all the teachers who participated in the program. Their commitment to teach good citizenship to their students will greatly benefit their communities as these students grow into informed and involved adults.”
Steve Van Buskirk, director of VFW Programs, echoed DeNoyer’s remarks. "Next to parents, teachers hold the key to raising young civic-minded patriots who will perpetuate the values that have made this nation great."
Participation in the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award is exceptional. The program, in its 13th year, has exceeded expectations and program administrators expect the number of participants to continue to grow.