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The Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots, Inc. (EEYP) is a local Fredericksburg-area non-profit organization that is working very hard in Spotsylvania County to enrich elementary school education. A total of 7,895 students have benefited from the enrichment program that launched in 2009, which addresses key Standards of Learning (SOL) in history and the social sciences. Historical interpreters, dressed in period attire, make history “come alive” by providing examples of leaders who made a difference in history and empower students to become leaders in their own school and local communities.

EEYP offers sustained first-person interpretation enrichment, within the classroom, in History and Social Science, to students in grades K-5. Based on specific teaching requirements according to the Virginia Department of Education, including key leaders, Presidents, conflicts, and significant social, political, military, and economic contributions to the United States, the EEYP program is designed to follow students from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Every year, as students’ progress from one grade to another, they receive a grade specific enrichment that focuses on different people and their achievements. Students are challenged to aspire to greatness.

President and CEO, Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots
Dieter Stenger

Dieter Stenger is the founder, president, and CEO of the Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots. Mr. Stenger holds a B.A. in Commercial Art, Framingham State College, and an M.A. in Military Studies, American Military University, Manassas, VA. Mr. Stenger enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1992 and deployed for two years to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, 3d Marine Division, Camp Fuji, Japan. In 1994, Mr. Stenger was reassigned to the Assault Amphibian Schools Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, where he became the first curator of the WWII-Korea AAV Museum, Campen, CA. He received orders in 1996 to the Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum at Quantico, VA and left active duty for a federal position in 1998 as the Registrar at the United States Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD. He returned to the Marine Corps Museum one year later in 1999 as the Curator of Ordnance. While serving as the Curator, National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC), he played a key role in 2003 in the construction of the National Museum, but took a position as a curator in 2004 with the United States Army Center of Military History. Mr. Stenger is actively involved in living history and holds membership with several living history organizations, to include the British Major's Company, His Majesty's 64th Regiment of Foot, Easy Company of the U.S. Army 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and the German 3rd Company, Infantry Regiment 226. He is also a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. Mr. Stenger founded the Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots in 2009 for children in elementary school to promote history and develop their values and leadership in accordance with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Treasurer, Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots

Dennis Mroczkowski is the treasurer for the Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots. Mr. Mroczkowski holds a B.A. degree in social studies, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, and an M.A. degree in American Civilization, George Washington University. Commissioned a 2d Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1969, he served as an Artillery Forward Observer in the Republic of Vietnam in 1970. From 1972 to 1974, he served as a museum technician for the division of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1976, he became curator at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum and was promoted to Director in 1980. In 1986, he was appointed Director of The Casemate Museum. He served as the division historian for the 2d Marine Division in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. He also served as the historian for the Combined-Joint Task Force for Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, historian for the Combined-Joint Task Force for Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and historian for the USEUCOM - Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia for 5 months in 1996. Mr. Mroczkowski retired, as a Colonel, from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in March 1999. He was later recalled to Active Duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003, where he served as Special Operations Command Field Historian with a Special Operations Air Detachment and two Battalions of Army Special Forces. He is the author of Marines in the Persian Gulf 1990 -1991 with the 2nd Marine Division, Restoring Hope: In Somalia with the Unified Task Force, 1992-1993, and co-author of The Key to the South - Fort Monroe in the Civil War, and is the author of several articles on military subjects.

Secretary, Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots

Christopher M. Ruff is the Secretary for the Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots. Mr. Ruff holds a B.A. in Historical Clothing/Multi Disciplinary Studies, from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. In 1996, Mr. Ruff worked at the North Carolina State Historic Sites and conducted guided tours of 18th Century plantation and Revolutionary War battlefield. Mr. Ruff was a collections manager for six years from 2001 to 2007 under Dr. Robert Gowen at Gowen Militaria. He served from 2007 to 2008 as the Assistant Curator at the North Carolina Museum of History, and from 2008 to the present he is serving as the Acting Chief Curator of the US Army National Museum of the Army Reserve. His extensive experience, training, and work includes a Site Interpreter, Fort Delaware; Museum Intern, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, VA; a tailoring workshop at Colonial Williamsburg,Williamsburg, VA; Tall Ship Sailor, US Brig Niagara; a costume and textile study trip to London and Bath, England; a historic camden- workshop, Camden, SC; an 18th Century costume workshop, Penland, NC; and a volunteer, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC. Mr. Ruff is also experienced in the production of historical films, to include the films "We the People", an Imax movie produced for the Smithsonian Institute about the American Revolution; "Privateer", a film about the life of famous buccaneer Jean Lafitte and his participation In the Battle of New-Orleans; "Lafayette In the American Revolution", a documentary film about the life and times of General LaFayette during the American Revolutionary War; "The Battle of Cowpens", SC, a film used at the National Battlefield Historic Site Visitor Center; “The Patriot”, starring Mel Gibson, training movie extras in the accurate portrayal of soldiers from the American Revolutionary War; ”Seduction of the Will”, a movie about the life and times of Lenni Reifenstal; "The Angel of Marye's Heights", a film about the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia during the American Civil War; and “The Tempest”, Adaptation of Shakespeare play set during the American Civil War, where he worked as a member of the Reenactor Core Group.

Director, Curriculum Development, Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots

Kathleen Forney is the Director of Curriculum Development for the Educational Enrichment for Young Patriots. Mrs. Forney holds a B.S. in History and Sociology in Secondary Education, from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. From 1990-2001, Mrs. Forney taught classes in history and social studies for 2nd and 4th grades at Saint Peter's Parochial School, Elizabethtown, PA, and 9th and 11th grades at Elizabethtown High School, Elizabethtown, PA. At the same time she also volunteered teaching from 1997-2001 at Mount Cavalry Christian School, Elizabethtown, PA. Her qualifications are appealing to EEYP, having extensive experience of working with elementary school children, but also understanding the requirements for middle and high school curriculum. From 2007-2008 Mrs. Forney was the Vice President of the Elizabethtown Historical Society, where she researched and wrote the history of one-room school houses in Elizabethtown. She also authored and published monthly historical articles highlighting significant events during specific periods of time in Elizabethtown. Since 2008, Mrs. Forney is the President of the Elizabethtown Historical Society, during which time she authored first-person interpretations to be used during special events held in and around Elizabethtown. In addition to the administrative tasks associated with direction of the society, she created and coordinated school and age-appropriate historical educational programs.