Garvey named Educator of Year by American Legion

— Submitted photo LuAnn Garvey, center, is surrounded by family and friends, and holds the award presented during the American Legion of Iowa 100th Department Convention Saturday.

The American Legion of Iowa held their 100th Department Convention at the Ramada and Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo July 14.

Department Commander Mike Etzel from Marion Post 298 presented the 2018 Department of Iowa Educator of the Year to LuAnn Garvey of Webster City. Garvey was supported by her family and friends. She is a history and English teacher at the Webster City High School. She was nominated by Post 191 and 8th District Commander Marvin Carr.

The requirements for The American Legion of Iowa Educator of the Year are: One of the goals of The American Legion has always been to work in cooperation with schools who assist veterans, their families and local communities. Some educators have gone above the call of duty and promoted the aims and purposes of The American Legion of Iowa. These educators have a unique opportunity within our schools to distribute information to students about our many programs. Educators, sometimes the only role models, continue to instill in our children patriotism and respect for the flag. They continue to educate our youth about the sacrifices made by service men and women in defense of their freedom, as well as work with those students whose parent’s are serving this great nation.

In the past four years, Garvey has worked with her students putting on a USO show and a silent auction to raise funds for the Brushy Creek Honor Flight. The efforts have raised over $8,000 dollars. She has also invited veterans into her classroom to talk with the students face to face about their time in service. They have also interviewed WWII veterans and recorded them.

Garvey is also married to a Vietnam veteran, Roger Garvey.