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Farmers Insurance kicks off the New Year
with Texas launch of ‘Thank a Million Teachers’

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'Thank a Million Teachers' Launches in Texas

Austin Event Invites Public Across the State to Honor Those Who Make Us Smarter in 2014

Austin, TX (January 16, 2014) – Farmers Insurance, one of the nation’s largest multiline insurers today celebrated their recently announced “Thank A Million Teachers” initiative with a special launch event in Austin. Joined by educational leaders Michael E. Williams, Texas Commissioner of Education; Vince Torres, President, Board of Trustees, Austin Independent School District: Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent, Austin Independent School District; and Donna Houser, Principal, Anderson High School, Farmers invited students and parents across the Austin area and throughout Texas to make 2014 the year to “Thank A Million Teachers.”

The Farmers Thank A Million Teachers program provides an easy way for individuals to send a personal thanks to the educators who have made a difference in their lives and the lives of their children.  As part of this countrywide effort, Farmers has also committed up to $1,000,000 in funds to classrooms and education programs throughout the country.  The public is invited to submit their notes of gratitude to their favorite teachers via  Once a teacher has received a “thanks,” they are eligible to submit a brief proposal for their chance to win a grant valued at up to $2,500 for use in their classroom through the end of October 2014.  Beginning in March, the public will be invited to vote on these proposals, and throughout 2014, 150 winners from across the nation will be selected.

Farmers has a rich 86-year history of helping consumers make smart insurance decisions. The company provides award-winning training to agents and employees so they can help consumers become educated about their insurance decisions, and plan smartly for their futures. In a similar way, teachers in communities across the state play an integral role in helping our children learn, grow smarter, and plan ahead to help build a better future.

“We are honored to be here in Austin today to spread the word about ‘Thank A Million Teachers’ and encourage individuals across this region to share their gratitude for a teacher who has made a difference in their lives,” said Randy Rice, National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance. “What better way to enter the New Year than to acknowledge those who have helped get you where you are today. We invite every one to join us in making 2014 the year we say thank you to a million teachers.”

In partnership with several of its supporters in the education community, including the Education Commission for the States, the American Association of School Administrators, the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, among others, Farmers drove awareness of this important and innovative program through additional regional events in Washington DC and Chicago earlier this week, and will be in Los Angeles in the coming days.

Visit to share your note of gratitude for a teacher today and to learn more about how together we can Thank A Million Teachers in 2014.