Sarah Henderson [Photo courtesy of Russell Pogue]

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Utah announces Ms. Sarah Henderson, a third grade teacher at Helen M. Knight Elementary School is the local winner of this year’s Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Henderson was selected from entries submitted to VFW posts across Utah.

She will now compete for the Smart/ Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Each year, three national recipients receive a $1,000 donation to their individual professional development account and another $1,000 to their school, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to attend the VFW National Convention in July to receive their national award. During the nationwide competition, the VFW recognizes more than 1,400 teachers at various levels, presenting more than $272,000 in awards.

“We are so appreciative of Ms. Henderson and every teacher who participated in the program. Their commitment to teach good citizenship to their students will greatly benefit our communities as these students grow into involved adults,” VFW Department of Utah Commander Lowell Tripp said.

The Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award is in its 16th year and continues to exceed expectations. Program administrators expect the number of participants will continue to grow each year.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible military service members from active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans’ organization. The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs worldwide. For more information, or to join, go to

Sarah Henderson will compete for national recognition