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Nation Embraces 'Thank a Million Teachers', More Than 240,000 Already Thanks, Far Ahead of Goal

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Nation Embraces 'Thank a Million Teachers' Initiative

In Addition to Thanking Teachers, America Invited to Vote on Wide Range of Worthy Teacher Grant Proposals on

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 11, 2014) – With more than 240,000 teachers across the United States already recognized since the “Thank A Million Teachers” campaign was launched just a few short weeks ago, Farmers Insurance is far ahead of its stated goal to Thank a Million Teachers in 2014, the insurer announced today.

As part of the “Thank A Million Teachers” initiative, Farmers has been urging America to thank teachers, present and past, for the positive impact they have had in communities across the nation.  It has also invited teachers to submit proposals for $2,500 grants on the website.  During March, Farmers is inviting the public to vote on the proposals at the website, with 30 winners to be announced in April.  In all, Farmers has committed to donating $1 million to teachers and education programs in 2014.

During the first round of proposal submissions, in January and February, more than 1,270 teachers from communities large and small submitted proposals.

“Farmers is elated at America’s response to our Thank A Million Teachers program that provides the public an easy and unique way to thank our nation’s teachers,” said Charles Browning, Head of Sponsorships and Corporate Giving at Farmers Insurance.  “We are also extremely impressed by the quality of the proposals from educators across the United States that have come in. It is clear that our teachers are passionate about their profession.”

People across the country are invited to go to to cast their votes for their favorite proposals. Voting will continue through March 31.  The public is invited to vote for as many proposals as they’d like, although they can vote for the same proposal only once per day.

The teacher proposals received so far have represented a wide range of innovative ideas, including: the urgent need for increased use of technology in the classroom; equipment for science and after school projects; resources for special education programs; books for improved reading programs and libraries; and meal programs and nutrition education for students in underserved areas.  

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.  Several days later, Farmers brought additional attention to its campaign to thank educators across America with its Thank A Million Teachers New Year’s Day float in the Tournament of Roses parade.

The website is continuously accepting the public’s thank you’s and posts a live tally of the number of thank you’s received so far.  It is also the place where teachers can submit their grant proposals for the next round of voting.  Proposals for the next round are being accepted in March and April for public voting in May.