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Where are the judging forms (score sheets) and Chairman's Manuals for the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy contests located?
All resources needed for chairmen to conduct the VFW Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, and the Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award Programs are online now under “My VFW.” Visit this website (on www.vfw.org) where you can access all of the VFW’s Online Membership System services available to our VFW members. After you LOG IN, click on MY VFW, and then look near the bottom of that page under the General Tools and Resources column, for "VFW Training and Support." These three programs and others are under the "Community Service, Youth Scholarships and Actitities" section. You would browse through that entire page to see all of the VFW Programs materials that are available, such as the below Chairman’s Manuals for each VFW Program area:
Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Chairman's Manual.
VFW Smart/Maher Citizenship Education Teacher Award Chairman's Manual, which includes the required Post Teacher Entry Form that needs to be forwarded from the Post to the VFW District level with the winner(s).
Youth Activities Chairman's Manual (includes Youth Cadet Recognition Programs for ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadets.) Also information is included on the NRA (Shooting Sports) and the VFW's Scout of the Year College Scholarship Contest.)
Community Activities & Citizenship Education Chairman's Manual (which covers Flag Etiquette, Volunteerism, Loyalty Day and Patriotic Holidays, Community Service Programs, Veterans in the Classroom, and National Awards information.)
Safety & Recognition Chairman's Manual (includes the Law Enforcement/Firefighter/EMT VFW National Public Servant Awards and other Recognition and Award programs information.)
You will find the following additional resources:
Both the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen student entry forms.
Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award Brochure (includes a teacher nomination form.)
National Scholarship and Award Programs Brochure (this brochure is designed to give to teachers and youth leaders when you first introduce them to the three programs.)
How-To Guide to Promoting Youth Programs (a resource for new Post Chairmen.)
Judging Scoresheets for Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen.
Sample Press Releases (can be used to announce the kick-off of these programs before the end of the school year in preparation for the fall semester, and also to announce your Post winners in mid-November.) There is also a sample Public Service Announcement provided.
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