On November 21, the Brattleboro Post VFW honored Richard Long as the VFW Teacher of the Year.
This award is given annually to a teacher who exemplifies the spirit of patriotism, who teaches a citizenship based course, and who promotes American traditions.
In addition, Long was cited for his extra efforts in teaching the We The People curriculum, and for hosting an annual Veterans Day observance at Kurn Hattin. Long will become a finalist at the state level for national recognition as a result of this award. He was nominated by Tom Fahner, Director of Educational and Residential Services at Kurn Hattin.
Part of the Saturday ceremony also recognized the top three student finalists from Kurn Hattin who submitted essays in the Patriots Pen essay contest: Aaliyah Olmo-Gilmore, Erica Tirado-Cuebas and Codi Merlin.
Long always knew he wanted to be a history teacher, and credits his parents with instilling his deep sense of commitment to community and to fostering patriotism.
"Every family outing included a side trip to a museum or historic site," said Long. "Even a Red Sox outing might include a stop in Concord or the Old South Church. We were always learning."
Long has taught at Kurn Hattin since 1981. In addition, he serves as an umpire and is Vice President of the Vermont High School Umpires Association, is Past President of the Bellows Falls Alumni Association, and has served on many civic boards and committees.
On his way to the ceremony, Long shared, "It is an honor to accept this recognition, to be selected, and I appreciate representing Kurn Hattin." Long resides in Manchester Center with his wife, Melissa.
Kurn Hattin is a charitable home and school in Westminster, VT serving in need and at risk children ages 6 to 15.