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Teacher awarded for recognizing veterans

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- A Kennewick middle school teacher received a special award today for recognizing veterans.

Connie Fow is an eighth grade teacher at Highlands Middle School.

Today in front of the entire eighth grade class, Connie was given a plaque from the State Veteran's Administration.

It was a special way to say thank you for her commitment to bringing past and current service men and women into the classroom to speak to the children about the realities of war.

The award is a federal-level recognition. She was nominated by a bus driver who is also a retired veteran.

Each year the school brings in veterans to Connie's class.  A few years back, only four veterans showed up, but Connie helped bring that number up to almost seventy.

"It's not about me. It's about thanking them for their time. I get to do what I do because of what they've done. For me to have a thank you really goes back to them to say thank you" Connie explained. 

John Lee the Director of Veterans Affairs said "I think what Connie has done is incredibly inspirational and important".

Fow said she doesn't have any direct family in the military, but that certainly hasn't kept her from doing her part.