Nov. 15-19 is American Education Week. This week is a time when all who work in public schools – teachers, administrative staff, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, substitute teachers and many others – are recognized for providing quality education and support to today's youth.
Each day for American Education Week has a theme. Monday, Nov. 15: Kickoff Day; Tuesday, Nov. 16: Family Day; Wednesday, Nov. 17: Education Support Professionals Day; Thursday, Nov. 18: Educator for a Day; and Friday, Nov. 19: Substitute Educators Day.
The National Education Association website has ideas on ways to celebrate each day.
American Legion Committee on Youth Education Chairman Michael Westergren said, "American Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education. This week is a time to celebrate the American education system and we should use it to look at different ways Legionnaires can be promoting our values within the classroom.”
Those ideas include:
- Provide an outdoor class on flag education.
- Allow students to interview you as a veteran over Zoom.
- Create a video on the U.S. Constitution that focuses on your oratorical contest.
- Promote the American Legion School Award program to recognize students who demonstrate strong qualities of character and good citizenship.
"The American Legion is vested in the development and success of our youth,” Westergren said. “Take this opportunity to contact your local schools to discuss your education programs.”