JULY 9, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Harper Creek Community School teacher Larry Quick received one of five Teacher of the Year awards June 22 from The American Legion at its 100th Annual Convention in Kalamazoo. More than 80 teachers were nominated for the award that recognizes educators who stand out in Competence, Community Involvement, and School Involvement in programs that include Patriotism, Americanism, and Community Service.
Quick is a lifelong resident of the Battle Creek area and attended Harper Creek Community Schools. He has been a high school special education and physical education teacher for the district for the past 23 years. In addition to mentoring the underrepresented students, he includes his students on field trips that serve to expand their horizons. The Military Hall of Fame at Harper Creek High School, a project of Quick’s, displays the names of Harper Creek graduates who serve or have served in the military. He leads classroom lessons on fallen veterans Pat Tillman and Harper Creek graduate SSgt. Michael A. Dickinson, II, and has worked to raise funds for Post 257 and scholarships.
“Larry bleeds Red, White and Blue,” said Rob Ridgeway, Harper Creek Community School superintendent.
Five teachers are awarded annually by The American Legion, Department of Michigan, one in each of its five zones. The other teachers recognized are Carla Young of Garden City Public Schools, George Lasecki of Sandusky Community Schools, Scott Doederlein of Gaylord Community Schools, and Cathy Hill of Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools. Each teacher is awarded a $500 grant for an education project of their choice.
In addition to recognizing the 2017-18 Firefighter of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Oratorical Contest winner, Legionnaires voted in 2018-19 Department Commander Steve Striggow and other department officers. Medal of Honor recipient and keynote speaker Jim McCloughan was also named the Legionnaire of the Year.
The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.