Panera rising above essay

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

To nominate a teacher, participants must submit a 100 to 200-word essay at a local Panera bakery-cafe, via e-mail or through the mail. Entry forms are available at all 20 Panera Bread bakery-cafes located throughout central Ohio, as well as online at Teachers must demonstrate leadership in the community, be honest, genuine and present fresh, innovative and creative ideas to their students. Three grand prize winners will be announced during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Winning teachers and their schools will be awarded grants, Panera gift cards and a variety of other prizes. The student winner in each category will win a Nintendo DS and the memory game, BrainAge.

"Quality teachers today are the heroes of tomorrow," said Jeff Rains, president of Breads of the World. "We encourage all students to stop by a local Panera Bread or send an e-mail about why their teachers deserve to win the Panera Bread Rising Above Award."