Thank_a_Million_Teachers2Farmers Insurance is giving away up to $1 million dollars in increments of $2,500 to classroom teachers across the country in their “Thank a Million Teachers” campaign.  This is a tremendous opportunity for teachers across the nation!  You have to be nominated by a student, teacher, or individual that wants to say thanks for all the work you do for children.  Once nominated you are eligible to submit a 1,000 word essay on how you would use the grant.  Grant proposals are weeded down and then a voting round starts.  The teachers with the most votes in each state will receive $2500.  The website to thank a teacher is:

In 2013 Montana and Nevada were chosen as pilot states.  Through a great network of coworkers, friends, and family I received the most votes in Montana and tomorrow I will be helping launch the national campaign by riding on the Thank a Million Teachers float in the Rose Parade. Watch Twitter (@mikegusto) as I will be tweeting pictures and behind the scenes happenings!  Follow the hashtag #ThankATeacher to join the conversation and spread the word about a teacher who has made a difference in your life.  The parade begins at 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PST on January 1st.  I am so excited to be part of a program recognizing the amazing job teachers across the country do everyday.

Below is my proposal and this link will take you to the other successful proposals in Montana and Nevada.

Recognizing Greatness Everyday
A positive school community is vital to successful academic achievement in students. We are working tirelessly to find ways to recognize greatness at our school. Our plan is to create a digital display showcasing student greatness. By combining a multimedia computer, camera, Apple TV, and a digital display we will be able to achieve our goal. Our student council has already acquired the display and this grant would go toward finishing our vision. Our student leadership team will be tasked with documenting student greatness throughout our school. Our weekly leadership meeting will plan areas of focus for the week. Areas of focus will be in the classroom, in activities, and around town. We will profile 12 middle school students each week on the digital display. By utilizing these tools, students will create video loops to display greatness. This will allow our students to feel connected to the school community and will foster a positive school atmosphere.

As always please share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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