Professional educator and Gold-Star Mother Cindy Tatum, 

shares a free TEACH program curriculum with our nation’s teachers


On March 17, 2023, Wreaths Across America’s (WAA) Curriculum Developer, Gold Star Mother Cindy Tatum, will present the nonprofit’s new TEACH curriculum at the Penobscot River Educational Partnership Virtual Conference.


Attending this year’s conference will be educators from twenty-six different school districts in Maine along with higher education partners like the University of Maine, Husson University, and Eastern Maine Community College. Cindy will also host two breakout sessions and field questions from attendees during this virtual conference.


At this conference, educators will be introduced to the Wreaths Across America TEACH curriculum. This program is filled with lesson plans that cover all grades K-12. The program is designed to help educators teach history, develop student character, and encourage students to get involved in community service. The lesson plans in this program align with the National Council on Social Studies and the state’s Common Core standards. In addition to this conference, Mrs. Tatum is available to present virtually or in person, to other interested educators and school departments, committees, or boards.


Cindy Tatum lost her son Daniel on December 24, 2007. She received the dreaded knock on her door on Christmas Day. Working with WAA on this project has given her a new way to honor her son and leverage her experience as an educator. “As a retired public-school teacher and proud Gold Star Mother of U.S. Marine Cpl. Daniel Lee Tatum, the opportunity to teach the mission to the next generation is something that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Tatum.


To ensure the continued success of this program, the PenFed Foundation is funding the Wreaths Across America, quarterly, Teaching Times newsletter. This newsletter exists to foster love for community service at an early age and is presently distributed to more than 13,000 educators worldwide. Both the newsletter and WAA’s curriculum are available to all, free of charge. You can learn more or download the lesson plans for your classroom, student, or child at