Local McDonald’s restaurants will again celebrate area teachers this fall with the launch of the second-annual McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Awards.

Now through Sept. 17, community members can nominate outstanding teachers in grades K-12. The award will honor educators who exhibit the ultimate dedication to their students and contribute to the improvement of education in our most challenging times.

“We’re excited to recognize those who go above and beyond for our students through the Outstanding Educator Awards,” said local McDonald’s owner/operator Michael Love Jr. “Our teachers are constantly adapting to whatever is thrown at them, while making sure the youth in our communities succeed.”

Nominations are open online.

Two tiers of prizes will be awarded to outstanding educators in local communities:

• 50 Outstanding Educators will each receive: $100 to use toward their classroom; “Best Teacher Ever” coffee mug; Outstanding Educator certificate; and McDonald’s coupons to “teach it forward” to parents with outstanding students throughout the year.

• Five Outstanding Educators will each receive: $1000 to use toward their classroom; “Best Teacher Ever” coffee mug; Outstanding Educator certificate; and McDonald’s coupons to “teach it forward” to parents with outstanding students throughout the year.

The McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Award winners can recognize good behavior and academic success among their students with coupons for free McDonald’s items.

“We love the idea of paying it forward — or ‘teaching it forward’ — to recognize students who are also working so hard to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of education today,” Love said.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mikieducatoraward.

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