VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

Passing of Joyce Mitchell
Mike and Kay Peats presented Americanism awards to the winners from Lee Road Jr. High School.
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Farewell Clint Lounsbury
VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award at the State level
Honoring Two of Our Members, Mike Peats and Jim Livermore
Forest Manor Nursing Home Bingo July 2016
Abita Springs 4th of July Celebration 2016
VFW Convention 2016
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Americanism Contests
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VFW Christmas Families 2015
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Lee Road Jr. High School and Patriot Pen Essay Winners 2015
VFW Award Presentation at Northlake Christian Lower School 2015
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Homer Williams VFW Post 8720 Officers 2015-2016 and Award Presentations
2015 VFW Memorial Day Service at Abita Springs Cemetery
Veterans of Foreign War - National Contests - Homer Williams Post 8720 winners
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VFW Americanism Contest Winners
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Justin Magrath, Scout from Post 8720
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VFW Mid-Winter Conference
Americanism Contest Awards Presented
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Lee Road School Americanism Awards
VFW Americanism Contest Winners
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Turkey and all the Trimmings
9th District Meeting
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VFW Nat'l Citizenship Education Teacher Award State Winner
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Americanism Awards
Objective of the VFW
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Mike Peats VFW Commander
VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award
War Vets Visit
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Farewell Phyllis

Educating children goes far beyond the confines of the classroom. Families, schools churches and organizations like the Scouts all pitch in to participate in the all-important metamorphosis that transforms children into productive citizens.


One of those organizations in the Abita Springs area is the Homer Williams VFW Post. Yearly, our local post encourages the development of citizenship in our area students by sponsoring a variety of competitive endeavors aimed at doing just that. At their annual Christmas party, the winners of the competitions were invited to attend the function and receive recognition for their efforts.

Sharlene Algaier teaches third-graders at Woodlake Elementary School. Her efforts to develop citizenship in her students earned her the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. The specific purpose of the award is to “recognize top classroom teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.”

Algaier works hard to fulfill the mission of instilling those values. Her lessons include field trips to the National World War II Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the USS Kidd, the Madisonville Maritime Museum, Louisiana State Capitol, the parish courthouse and local city hall.

In her classroom, she creates a “mini society,” allowing students to experience entrepreneurial skills, the law, and military and citizenship concepts. Her students operate the school post office in conjunction with the local post office. She and her students are involved in a class project, “Pets for Patriots,” designed to benefit military dogs. That is an ambitious undertaking for a teacher who also has to pay attention to reading, writing and arithmetic. However, smart educators often incorporate those elements together in teaching things like citizenship skills.

The VFW also recognized a number of students who displayed their love of country and knowledge of citizenship. Morgan Laurent, a senior at Fontainebleau High School, received first place in the “Voice of Democracy” scholarship competition. The other winners included Samantha Anderson, a senior at Fontainebleau, second place; and third place went to Amy Jones, a senior at Northlake Christian School. The theme for this year’s essay contest was, “Does my Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?”

Middle school students participated in the “Patriot Pen” essay contest. This year’s winners were: first place, Ada Tusa, an eighth-grader at Mandeville Junior High; second place, Dayna Celino, Northlake Christian School; and third place went to Carson Ryan, Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic School. The competition was stiff, including 330 entries from five schools. The essays were forwarded to the Operation We care organization for distribution to our troops.

There were also four Americanism contests that drew 1,451 entries from eight area schools. Two of the participating students won district honors for their entries. Gabrielle Gauthier from Abita Springs Middle School displayed artistic as well as patriotic knowledge in the drawing competition. “What the Fourth of July Means to Me” was the title of the winning theme submitted by Gabe Ingram from Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School.

The students and their teachers who took the time to enter the various contests are all to be commended. Evaluating the large number of entries had to be a monumental task and a shout out is in order to Kay Peats, who organizes all of this and provides the publicity for our local VFW post. In the words of the old song, we need to “teach our children well,” and instilling the values that go with being a citizen of the greatest nation in the world is a worthy endeavor.