JULY 9, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Garden City school teacher Carla Young 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.
Young teaches at Farmington 5-6 Campus and has been with Garden City Public Schools for more than 19 years. She works with students to create and send greeting cards to service members, coordinates the annual Flag Folding Ceremony at Farmington as well as has her class members enter The American Legion’s annual Poppy Poster contest. Veterans at Ann Arbor VA Medical Center enjoy baked goods courtesy of Young’s class. The Otto Miller, Jr., Post 396 promotes the award locally.
Five teachers are awarded annually by The American Legion, Department of Michigan, one in each of its five zones. The other teachers recognized are Larry Quick of Lansing Community 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.