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Elected Officials to Celebrate American History Teacher of the Year on Temperance and Good Citizenship Day

OLYMPIA (January 14, 2014) — Amy Johnson, Washington’s 2013 Gilder Lehrman American History Teacher of the Year, will be honored Thursday, January 16, at 9:30 a.m., at Cascade Middle School in Longview, Washington, as a part of Temperance and Good Citizenship Day. State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Representative Steve Bergquist are planning to attend the event.

“I’m happy to honor Ms. Johnson’s work,” Superintendent Dorn said. “Recognizing her efforts to teach her students about American history on the day our state celebrates what it means to be a good citizen is a great fit.”

The ceremony will be followed by a meet and greet and a program in Johnson’s classroom that involves Representative Bergquist and the Temperance and Good Citizenship budget proviso he sponsored in 2013. This proviso requires public schools in Washington to provide opportunities for eligible students to register to vote at school.

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is unique to Washington state. It has been observed since 1923. Many school districts recognize this day by discussing temperance in connection with good citizenship, specifically addressing self-restraint. This idea of self-restraint is closely tied with many of the activities associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For example, a district may choose to discuss the accomplishments of peaceful, non-violent protests in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. With Bergquist’s 2013 addition, schools are now encouraged to help eligible students register to vote.

  • WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 9:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Cascade Middle School, 2821 Parkview Drive, Longview, WA 98632
  • WHO: State Superintendent Randy Dorn, State Representative Steve Bergquist and Washington’s 2013 Gilder Lehrman American History Teacher of the Year Amy Johnson

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