Entry Deadline: October 31, 2023
What is the Teacher Award Program?
Founded in 1899, the VFW highly supports the education of America’s youth. VFW and its Auxiliary have developed a slate of programs dedicated to helping America’s educators. VFW Citizenship Education programs stimulate interest in America’s history, traditions, Americanism, civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism. Teachers care deeply about America and its children. They’re concerned about the perpetuation of America’s noblest traditions and highest ideals. Wouldn’t you like to see them get the honor they deserve? Now you can.
Why Should I Enter?
VFW wants to identify and recognize America’s best educators who instill a sense of national pride in students. The national awards include $1,000 Smart/Maher award for each of the top K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 teachers for professional development expenses, $1,000 award for each winning teacher’s school, commemorative plaques and all-expense-paid trip to the VFW National Convention.
To learn more about the Smart/Maher Teacher of the Year award or to submit an entry, please use the following link:
Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award
If you have any questions, please contact the Post Adjutant at adj@vfw1786.org.
2023-2024 Lee-Pearson VFW Post 1786 Winners:
Grades K-5                                                      Grades 6-8                                                       Grades 9-12
Kelly Gray                                                        Adrianne Walsh                                              Megan Steiner
Seitz Elementary, Fort Riley                      Wamego Middle School                             Riley County High School

Updated: 08/05/23


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