VALPARAISO | Barnes & Noble Inc. has announced its first Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest.
The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible for nomination. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, NOOK eBook Readers and more. The contest will be broken down into local and regional winners, from which the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year will be chosen.
Students can nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Participating schools collect the essays and submit them to the Valparaiso Barnes & Noble store for consideration. Entries will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher's qualities, the sincerity of the student's appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.
The local winning teachers will be recognized at an event at the Valparaiso Barnes & Noble where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, a set of 10 Sterling Children's Classic books for their personal library, and additional recognition and praise from their community. The students who write the winning essays or poems will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the Valparaiso store during a ceremony for the winning teachers.
Winning teachers will be entered into the regional contest. Six regional winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a NOOK eBook Reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. From the pool of six regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of My Favorite Teacher. The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at a local Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 at an event with a well-known author.
The contest ends March 18, 2011. Only students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 and teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win. More details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher. Students who want to participate should submit their essay or poem to Darlene McDonald at 150 Silhavy Road, Suite 120, Valparaiso IN 46383 by March 18.