I hope someday my kids say that they LOVED their teacher (because, it's me), but I also want them to have great things to say about other teachers in their life (their volleyball coach, for example.) If you agree, and think that there has to be a better way to say "you rock" to a teacher than with an apple or another mug, Walmart has an exciting campaign that might interest you!
There are several neat things going on with the Walmart "Teachers Rock" initiative. Here are a few of the highlights - (to see each of these components in detail, select the activity you want to participate in from the drop down "main menu" on the "Explore Teachers Rock" tab):
- From now until September 20th, you can nominate a teacher you adore to the Wall of Fame featured on the Walmart Facebook page. Every day, one lucky nominee will get a $500 gift card and induction into the Wall of Fame!! (Why $500? It just so happens that this is the amount that many teachers spend of their own money on things for their classroom -- things the kids really need to learn.)
- You have the chance for your favorite teacher to win a hometown movie screening of the film "Won't Back Down" by getting picked as a top 10 favorite! Be sure to "Like" your fave teacher on Facebook and tweet the link to their page using #TeachersRock.
- There was also an amazing Rock Concert benefit in L.A. that happened on the 14th, and it will air tomorrow (Aug 17th) on CBS. 200 teachers from the LA area were invited to watch it live, and all proceeds from the tickets will benefit some of my favorite charities: Feeding America, DonorsChoose.org, and Teach for America! You can see some top performers do their thing, including Josh Groban, Dierks Bentley, and FUN...
My favorite teachers are all retired now, but one or two hold a special place in my heart (like my first Junior High Band teacher, Mr. Chapman. He taught me how to do a mean paradiddle on the snare....) or my very strict dance teacher... she dressed me in tutus:
Who will you honor?