COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 24

August 19, 2003

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Instructional Support Activities provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have launched a Teachers Corner on their website located at http://www.vfw.org/pdf/teacherscorne11.pdf. This site provides educational tools as well as an opportunity for educators to submit ideas. Information available at this site includes:

 

       Speakers in the Classroom provides information on how to schedule speakers from the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary.

       Patriots Pen provides information on an essay contest for 7th and 8th graders.

       Voice of Democracy provides a scholarship opportunity for students in grades 9-12 who write and record patriotic essays.

       National VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award is a program to recognize classroom teachers for promoting citizenship education. Deadline is November 1.

       Our Flag provides a poster brochure describing the history of the U.S. flag and flag etiquette.

       Echoes from the Wall provides teachers a curriculum about Vietnam. For more information, call 202-393-0090 or visit http://www.teachvietnam.org.

       Be Good, Smile Pretty is a one-hour film about a daughters journey to find information about her father who was lost in Vietnam. It will air on PBS November 11, 2003 at 10:30 p.m. (Check local listings).

 

School representatives should contact their local VFW post for more information or contact Kim A. Deshano at the VFW State Headquarters at (540) 886-8112.

 

For further information, contact Colleen C. Bryant (cbryant@mail.vak12ed.edu), secondary history and social science specialist, at (804) 786-4640.

 

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