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Osakis VFW nominates Stroup for 'Teacher of the Year'

Chris Stroup

Osakis VFW Post 7902 of Osakis has nominated Chris Stroup for the national VFW “Teacher of the Year” award.

Stroup is a social studies teacher at Osakis High School. He was nominated for helping students learn about the country’s history and for his work in leading a trip to Washington, D.C., through the Close Up program, which allows students to see history first-hand at the nation’s capital.

Students had the chance to visit national monuments, including the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the National Archives where they saw the original Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

They also stopped at Capitol Hill, met with Minnesota politicians and participated in “Model Congress,” a role-playing simulation of the U.S. Congress.

The full name of the honor is the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

The VFW pointed out that without the nation’s veterans, America wouldn’t be the great nation it is today. The VFW added that youth deserve to learn about the rich history, traditions and the role of veterans in creating and shaping America.

The award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students.

Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics – for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment – are selected for the award.

Winners receive:

• A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.

• A $1,000 award for his/her school.

• Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.

• An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.

Based on the nominees submitted, VFW posts recognize one outstanding teacher in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then submit their winning names to the district-level judging.

Stroup won at the district level and now advances to the department or state level. The Osakis VFW will know in June if Stroup is a state winner.

After the nominees are judged on a state level, the winners are passed along to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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