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Canyon Ridge teacher earns national accolades
Canyon Ridge teacher earns national accoladesChristopher J. Raso, 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Canyon Ridge School, has recently been awarded the National Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) Dr. Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award. This is a nationally recognized award that honors elementary, middle, and high school level educators whose curriculum incorporates the teaching of the American Revolution. Raso went through a rigorous application process, including an essay submission, to be considered for the state-level award, and was then nominated by the Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Saguaro SAR Chapter for the national level award.

SAR is a patriotic, historical, and educational non-profit organization that seeks to expand understanding and respect for American history. Their membership consists of citizens who can trace their ancestors to Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War. SAR is a national organization that consists of over 38,000 members, organized into 50 state-level societies with more than 500 local chapters. Arizona is represented by the Arizona Society SAR, which contains 8 local chapters and over 500 members; including the Saguaro SAR Chapter which serves the western part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Mr. Raso has worked closely with the members of the Arizona SAR in an effort to bring new learning opportunities to his students. Every year, he organizes campus-wide learning events to celebrate Patriot’s Day, United States Constitution Day, and Veteran’s Day, that include writing and art contests, performance opportunities, and guest speakers. Most recently, Raso’s students worked with local veterans from AZ SAR and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, to create essays and articles based on veteran experiences that were published in the annual Veterans Heritage Project publication, “Since You Asked".  

“His thoughtful nature, easy-going personality, and precise attention to detail allow him to build meaningful partnerships, which he then leverages to make history come alive for students,” said Jill Hoppe, Canyon Ridge Principal. Mr. Raso will be presented with the prestigious award on September 21, 2019 in Sun City West.
Posted : 5/14/2019 | Direct Link
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