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White receives Citizenship Education Teacher Award

Photo by Brian Hansel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3922 Commander Jimmy White was honored June 23 with the Citizenship Education Teacher Award for 2010-2011.

Jimmy White made the United States Air Force his life for 23 years and served his country all over the world. He is still serving it, but in a different way.

White is the newly elected commander of VFW Post 3922 in Wadena. His service as commander kicked off June 23 with an honor from the Minnesota department of the VFW - the Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

The award cites White's contribution "for achieving outstanding participation by VFW posts of the department in promoting citizenship education in schools."

White runs the Teacher of the Year program for his own post, for the district and for the department. It amounts to a lot of paperwork for White but it is a way to honor teachers at all levels for their commitment to their profession.

"This is a relatively young program," White said. "It's only been around 8-10 years."

Posts send their entries to the district and then to the department. White marches right along with them, making sure their forms are filled out correctly at every stop. He also lines up the individuals to judge the entries.

The most recent teacher to be honored by Post 3922 is Wadena-Deer Creek high school social studies instructor Robbie Grendahl.

White joined Post 3922 in 1982. He was not that active in the post until 2001 when he retired as circulation manager for a family of papers in the Twin Cities area.

From 1957 to 1980 White was in Air Force communications. He served overseas in places like Morocco, England, Germany and Vietnam. His service in Minnesota included stints at Baudette, Duluth and the radar base just north of Wadena, which was in service for 20 years before becoming the Bell Hill Recovery Center.

White is taking over a post that was recently honored with two awards, one department and one national, for outstanding service after the Wadena tornado of June 17, 2010.