Vets Groups Are Offering Civics Ed Programs
The Leominster High School forum article on the State Senate race had references to civics becoming part of the high school graduation requirements. American Service Veterans have already been providing civics education opportunities locally for more than 70 years, and they should be supported, promoted, and expanded through additional local efforts.
The VFW has the Voice of Democracy Program for all high school students with, “Why my vote Matters” as this year’s topic. They are accepting applications now, through October 31 at any local Post. The VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for Grades 6-8 topic is, “Why I Honor the American Flag”, with the same end date. Information is easy to get on-line. Recently, both programs were well defined in the Sentinel article about the Townsend VFW Post. The VFW VOD State Director responded to my inquiry and encouraged Fitchburg student participation through the closest VFW Post.
The Massachusetts American Legion has been conducting Boys & Girls State for 72 years, annually providing 750 high school juniors a residential week in June learning about our government. Fitchburg AL Post 10 and ALA 429 have sent 233 citizens since 2009, with four also attending Boys & Girls Nation representing Massachusetts. Post 10 has also sent five students, age 15-17, to the AL MA Student Trooper Program over the past three years.
These civic programs gained local support to expand the number of participants. Dean Tran worked with me each year while on the Fitchburg City Council to coordinate an additional citizen sponsorship, and his daughter was nominated, selected, and participated as a citizen in 2015 on her own merit. No student or parent may self-sponsor their own citizen fee.
Interested parties may contact me with questions or ideas to expand civic education at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (978)-549-6294.
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