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Geneva teacher one of 30 in nation to receive grant

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:03 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Chris Pawlak, a teacher at Geneva High School, recently won a $2,500 grant through Farmers Insurance's "Thank a Million Teachers" program – a national initiative that offer thanks to teachers, present and past, who have made a difference.

Pawlak is one of 30 winners to receive the grant.

As part of the program, Farmers invited teachers to submit proposals for a chance to win grants to fund their classroom. During March, the public voted on nearly 1,300 submitted proposals, with the top six vote-getters in five regions selected as winners.

“These winning teachers are outstanding examples of the type of creativity and dedication found in classrooms across America and we congratulate our first group of winners,” said Randy Rice, national manager of education programs for Farmers Insurance, in a release. “We know these grants will have a major impact in schools throughout the country, and we want to remind teachers that they can continue to submit proposals through the end of October as we will have additional opportunities for them to win grants.”

Farmers announced the launch of the “Thank A Million Teachers” program in late December at a special event featuring Jack Black, who thanked his former teacher Debbie Devine, who he credited with saving his life, states the release.

Teachers can submit their grant proposals for the next round of voting to ThankAMillionTeachers.com. Proposals for the next round are being accepted in April for public voting in May.

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