Citizen of the Year 2020

Written by Board Member

Al Pogel

Congratulations Mr. Pogel!

Alan Pogel was born and raised in the Town of Niagara and worked many years for the Town’s Recreation program. His Father was a WWII veteran who later served as a volunteer fireman and officer. His Mother helped originate Meals-on-Wheels at her church and served as President of the Niagara County Ladies Auxiliary.

 Pogel has taught and coached at Niagara Wheatfield for 38 years. His classes have facilitated Warmth for Veterans, Help for the Homeless, the “SOUPER” Bowl food drive, the Buffalo Burrito experience, and annually run Coats for Kids, Adopt-a-Tree, the 12 Days of Giving, and Adopt-a-Family. Adopt-a-Family was inspired by classroom discussions on the needs of the community and Salvation Army’s charitable works. N-W has adopted 60 or more families at the Holidays for multiple years, and his classes have been able to deliver directly to many of our neediest friends and neighbors. Pogel’s sports programs also hold charitable fund-raisers each year. In 2019, the Race for Hope was run by the N-W track team, with great community support, and all proceeds went directly to Roswell Park.  

 Pogel has run Graduation and served as a Senior Awards presenter for over a decade. To promote and encourage community and alumni support at N-W, he sits as chairperson of the committee that helped restore the Athletic Hall-of-Fame, and helped to create the N-W Wall-of-Fame to recognize our community and district’s finest. He has also served as an associate Board member for Care-and-Share Food Pantry.

 In 2014 he was named national Semi-Finalist for the American Federation of Teachers’, Everyday Heroes award. His Faith, Family, students, athletes and colleagues inspire him to continue to teach, coach and serve the community. They are a true blessing. He is married to Mary (Jasper) Pogel who was also born in the Town and serves the community as an educator.

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