MAYVILLE - Each year, the VFW recognizes the nation's top classroom teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America's history, traditions, and institutions effectively.
Nick Frederes, VFW department chairman for teachers awards, recently announced John Keating, Sherman Central School history teacher, was awarded the VFW's 2012 National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for sixth through eighth grades.
Raymond Cenni, a retired superintendent, nominated Keating for this award.
From left are Michael Ginestre, Sherman Central School principal; Kaine Kelly, Sherman Central School superintendent; Raymond Cenni, retired superintendent and VFW 2012 National Citizenship Education Teacher award nominator; John Keating, 2012 National Citizenship Education Teacher Award winner; Dan Kell, Sixth District VFW commander; and Deborah Cenni, VFW Post 8647 scholarships committee chairman. Not pictured is Nick Frederes, VFW department chairman for teachers awards. VFW department chairman for teachers awards.
"Mr. Keating is a highly qualified educator," Cenni wrote. "He provides his students with the opportunities to live history, become aware of what this country has to offer, instills patriotism and a sense of pride in their country. His students gain a respect for our country's traditions and institutions. Mr. Keating has organized student trips to Gettysburg, he plans history field trips, he invites veterans into his classroom to discuss their military experiences just to mention a few of his co-curricular activities. Mr. Keating actually lives what he teaches as demonstrated by his actions. He is highly respected by his students as well as his peers. He encourages his students to participate in the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests."
Kaine Kelly, Sherman Central School superintendent, and Michael Ginestre, principal, were on hand as Dan Kell, sixth district VFW commander, presented Keating with a plaque for the school. Deborah Cenni, VFW Post 8647 scholarships committee chairman, presented citations to Keating and the school which read, "Teachers change our society on day, one class lesson, one student at a time. There's no more important job. And there's no one who does the role better. Thank you."
Keating was also recognized at the post, county, district and department levels. For more information about this award, contact a local VFW post.