Troy Reichert, the Guernsey-Sunrise High School Industrial Technology teacher who was named the Wyoming Smart/Maher VFW teacher of the year in March, finished as one of the top five nominees in the nation this past week. For his efforts, Reichert has received an all-expense paid trip to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania where he will attend a Medal of Honor Class at the Freedoms Foundation.
Reichert was selected for this honor due to the work he and his students have done throughout the school year promoting patriotism and community service in their class projects. His Trades Class was recently awarded a $5,000 Home Depot Foundation grant to remodel the VFW building this fall, and they’re currently completing construction of a guard building for Camp Guernsey.
According to the Freedoms Foundation, “All Americans actively engage in our democracy by celebrating our heritage, defending the Constitution, and protecting individual freedoms.”
Since 1949, Freedoms Foundation has focused on overcoming challenges to freedom by providing experiential educational programs while challenging participants to examine our history and discuss the issues of the day. Each program has been thoughtfully designed to ensure that both young people and adults gain new or deeper appreciation for the significance of the founding documents and acquire tools of engaged, responsible citizenship.
Founded by E.F. Hutton, Don Belding, Kenneth Wells, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Freedoms Foundation is located on 72-acres in the heart of Valley Forge. It is a national educational non-profit organization welcoming thousands of people a year to participate in programs to encourage engaged, responsible citizenship.
Reichert has chosen to attend the “Heroes and Heroines: Transforming Character through Biography” session July 9-14. Topics covered will include courage, sacrifice, integrity, commitment, patriotism, and citizenship. He will also get to see historical sites such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Reichert would like to thank his students for their work throughout the year, and VFW Post 4471 for the original nomination that led him to this recognition.