JULY 9, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Sandusky Community Schools teacher George Lasecki 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.
Lasecki has taught in the Sandusky schools for 25 years. Community service projects he is involved with are the Sandusky Park Project, the Food4Friends Food Drives, and the Diamond Trail Fitness Project. Community members continue to enjoy Sandusky Park with its upgraded playground equipment that was installed in 2005. Since 2012, families in need have benefitted from the food distributions that Lasecki and his two children have spearheaded through Food4Friends. The grand opening of the Diamond Trail Fitness Project is scheduled for this summer and is Lasecki’s latest project.
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, Larry Quick of Lansing 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.