Chair: Jean Brandes
749 4th St Circle SE,
Sioux Center, IA 51250
The National Plan of Action states it so well: "The Education program promotes the American Legion Auxiliary's role in providing quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion and support of education beyond high school, with a special emphasis on children of veterans and service members". How can you support the American Legion Auxiliary’s Education program?
VETERANS IN THE CLASSROOM—Contact your school to see if they would be interested in having Veterans come into the classroom to share their military experiences, volunteer, or mentor a student. Locate veterans who would be willing to volunteer, provide transportation for them and wear your American Legion Auxiliary apparel when visiting schools!
PROMOTE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIPS AND MERIT AWARDS—Contact the appropriate person in your school to make them aware of available American Legion Auxiliary scholarships and merit awards, and offer to provide copies of applications. Make donations to support scholarship funds.
National scholarships (find applications at www.ALAforVeterans.org/Scholarships):
Children of Warriors National Presidents Scholarship - awarded to children of veterans who served during eligibility dates for the American Legion.
Non-Traditional Student Scholarship—applicants must be members of the American Legion, Auxiliary or SAL.
Spirit of Youth Scholarship - awarded to a Junior Member of the American Legion Auxiliary
Samsung Scholarship - awarded to a girl who attends Girls State and has a veteran in her family. This scholarship must be submitted before attending Girls State.
Department Merit Awards (find the common application for all awards at www.iowaala.org under Forms):
The Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award for Medical Training
The Hoffman Memorial Merit Award for Educator Training
Department of Iowa General Merit Awards (10 to be awarded)
Past Iowa Department President’s Merit Award
GIVE 10 TO EDUCATION — not all supplies that are needed throughout the school year are furnished, so we can help. Collect commonly used school supplies, Box Tops for Education, Campbells Soup Labels, and HyVee receipts (if available in your area) to donate to your local school, Military Base, or Military Family Support Group. Certificates will be awarded to all Units who REPORT participation in this program.
RECOGNIZE EDUCATORS AND STAFF — American Education Week is November 11-17, 2018 - send cards and/or provide treats for teachers and staff in your school. A sample card can be found on the Education page of the Members Only section of the National website at www.ALAforVeterans.org. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5-11, 2019 - send cards and/or donate resources that teachers or needy students may need.
SUPPORT VETERANS PERSUING HIGHER EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION — contact and collaborate with a campus student veterans group at a nearby college, offer your post home for events/meetings and help promote those events. Encourage members to sign up to receive Legislative Action Alerts and support alerts regarding the GI Bill.
ASSIST AND SUPPORT MILITARY CHILDREN WITH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES — Provide your school with a copy of the Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment from the US Department of Education (www.ed.gov - enter title in Search box). Encourage Juniors to volunteer to be a mentor to a military child. Use some of your Give 10 to Education supplies to make backpacks for military kids. Provide information on the free tutoring website for military children at www.tutor.com/military.
Keep track of the Education projects your unit does throughout the year, and report them! I will need a short mid-year report in mid-December, as well as a year-end narrative in order to write great Iowa reports to present to National! Narratives shall be 1000 words or less and shall include the required cover page. Pictures and clippings of your events are welcome. Only narrative entries received by April 30, 2019 will be eligible for National and Department Awards, and will be awarded at Department Convention.
Remember, we can best "Honor Our Veterans Legacy" by promoting and participating in the great programs of the American Legion Auxiliary!