VFW Teachers of the Year

Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) honors teachers for their work in Citizenship Education. The teachers honored go beyond the expected when working with students in citizenship education and activities. This year Reedsburg's VFW Post 1916 selected the following teachers as their Citizenship Education Teachers of The Year.

Jolee Mockler (center), an art teacher at Reedsburg Area High School, was chosen by Post 1916 to represent high school teachers. Mockler also placed second at VFW District 11. Sandy Lavely (far right), a teacher at Webb Middle School, was chosen by the Post to represent grades six through eight. Lavely was also selected as VFW District 11's Middle School Teacher of the Year. She is now one of 11 teachers being considered to be Wisconsin VFW Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for grades six through eight. Dana Westedt, far left, is an elementary teacher at Pineview School and was chosen by Post 1916 to represent teachers in grades K-5. Westedt also placed second in the VFW District 11's Elementary School Teacher of The Year competition. Also pictured are Warren Frank, VFW Post 1916 commander and Joanne Biesek, VFW Auxiliary president.
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For the first time ever, Post 1916’s local Middle School winner has won First Place at the State VFW competition. Her name is Sandy Lavely. She teaches at Webb Middle School in Reedsburg. Post Commander, Warren Frank, notes, “This wonderful teacher, Sandy, took the small amount of award money given to her by Post 1916, another from our Post 1916 Ladies Auxiliary, had it augmented a bit by others at Webb School and purchased materials and supplies that she and her students used to make rice-filled warming pads that were given to the members of Post 1916. These warming pads can be heated in a microwave oven and used to sooth our sore muscles and other assorted aches and pains. Sandy and her young people are fantastic!” They did a great job for our post members! And, equally important, it should be noted that they did it during the Christmas rush of all their other school, family and personal activities. “When I observe and learn about efforts like these, I am not only proud of them, but also recognize that so long as we have teachers and young people like these, the future of this country is not as dim as we sometimes come to believe as we watch, read and listen to other news. They truly reflect the values they've learned from their parents, their teachers and their community. Great people raise and teach great young people! The City of Reedsburg has much to be proud of”, adds Frank.


Upcoming Events


Post Meeting - First Tuesday of each month - Post meeting at VFW hall starting at 6:00 pm.

Breakfast Buffet - every 2nd Sunday of the month from 7:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the VFW hall located at 200 Veteran's Dr. (behind Burger King). Adults - $7.00 Children 4-13 - $3.00 Children under 4 eat for free.

Card Party - Sept. thru May - First Sunday, Starts at 1:00 pm. sheepshead, euchre, etc. $2.00 fee - includes lunch.

Memorial Day Services - held every year at the Greenwood Cemetery starting at 10 am.