Michigan Avenue School could win $10,000 prize

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 9/3/18

A local teacher is in the running for a contest put on by national retailer Rack Room Shoes, and it could help her school win $10,000. Rack Room Shoes this summer launched the "Real Teacher of …

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Michigan Avenue School could win $10,000 prize

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A local teacher is in the running for a contest put on by national retailer Rack Room Shoes, and it could help her school win $10,000. 

Rack Room Shoes this summer launched the "Real Teacher of the Year Contest," which allowed adults to nominate their children's favorite teachers via social media. 

Michigan Avenue Elementary School teacher Jessica Morgan was nominated for the contest by parent Autumn Whiddon. Whiddon's daughter, Allie Lamb, was in Morgan's first-grade class last year. 

"Mrs. Morgan encourages kids’ personalities and doesn’t try to change them," her nomination read. "She lets them have fun and be themselves.  ... She truly found her calling. Her first group of kids are entering middle school this year, and they still come by her classroom for a hug or word of encouragement. She is loved by many, including us, and our very favorite!" 

Once the nominations were made, the company posted them online for the public to view. The teachers who win the contest will be the ones receiving the most votes. 

The top five vote-getters in the Rack Room Give "Real Teacher of the Year Contest" will each receive "a computer lab grant valued at $10,000" for their schools, as well as "free shoes for a year."

One can vote for Morgan and view the other nominees by visiting www.bit.ly/Morgancontestentry. The deadline to vote is this Thursday, Sept. 6, at 9 p.m. 

Jan Mauldin, director of corporate marketing for Rack Room Shoes, said in a press release the company wanted allow people to thank teachers while helping "give back" to their classrooms. 

 "We are eager to see all the wonderful teachers who are deserving of this award be highlighted in a very special way," said Mauldin. 

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