Thursday, October 13, 2011


American Education Week
is Nov. 13-19

The American Legion encourages posts to participate in the celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) 90th American Education Week, Nov. 13-19. The American Legion has a commitment to education, believing a strong education program is vital to instill a sense of personal obligation and responsibility in today's youth. The Legion highlights in its electronic 2011 American Education Week brochure many ways posts can support the NEA's annual tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." Furthermore, posts are encouraged to share the brochure with schools, educators and prospective volunteers within their communities.
The following are a few examples of ways Legion posts can support American Education Week:
 Decorate store windows with Americanism and Legion youth program items.
 Provide a speaker and a program for the students on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
 Honor educators by hosting a banquet or social hour, or by presenting a certificate of appreciation.
 Exhibit student work and special projects within the post.
 Sponsor a poster, art and essay contest for students.
 Volunteer during a school's open house and distribute American Legion youth materials.
 Write news releases on activities taking place within the community during education week.
 Announce American Education Week through posters, street banners and billboards.
Additional ideas on ways to participate in American Education Week can be found on the NEA's website.

Kindergarten students at Mt. Vernon Community School in Alexandria VA read a thank you note to their favorite education support professional during National Education Association's American Education Week ESP Day November 17, 2010.

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