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Exchange (Fort Belvoir, VA)
8651 John J Kingman Rd, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060
Meet Gary Sinise
on February 14th at the Fort Belvoir
Main Exchange during his book signing for his newest release «Grateful American» between 1200 and 1400.
The GRATEFUL AMERICAN™ BOOK PRIZE is the only award for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration for children’s historical non-fiction and fiction focused on the events and personalities that have shaped the United States since the country’s founding.
The Prize, which was created by author and publisher David Bruce Smith and the late Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, consists of a $13,000 cash award in commemoration of the 13 original Colonies. It is believed to be among the highest cash awards among book prizes in general. In addition, the winner will receive a medal created by Smith’s mother, the renowned artist Clarice Smith. As of 2017, “Honorable Mention” winners will get a cash prize of $500 each.
One of the prime intentions of the Prize is the restoration of history as an integral part of early education in the United States. Perhaps it will encourage a “grass roots” movement that will allow the country’s successes and failures of the past to inform the future.
In recent decades, education has concentrated on math and science, even in elementary and middle school classrooms. History has been pushed out in favor of subjects that may offer economic gain for the individual and the country. Though this is a worthy objective, it fosters a lack of understanding of who we are, what we’ve done and what we can do in the future.
Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the third president of the United States and, the founder of the University of Virginia. He stressed the importance of history because: “…apprising them [students] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.”