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Fifteen Teachers Vying For Half A Million Dollars As Part Of Thank America's Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge

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America Can Vote Daily During the Month of October for Their Favorite Teacher Proposals at

Los Angeles, California (October 1, 2015) – Across America, Farmers Insurance℠ has set the stage for a national competition for 15 Dream Big Teacher Challenge finalists competing for one of six $100,000 educational grants to help bring their proposals to life.

In the Western United States, one teacher would build a jungle gym manufactured entirely out of musical instruments. Another teacher would build an interpretive outdoor learning center; another would build a state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant; another would use technology to incorporate physical education for students; and finally, another teacher would incorporate technology to help reinforce critical thinking skills.

In the middle of the country, who will it be? The teacher who would develop micro libraries to encourage reading; the teacher who would integrate coding programs into the school’s curriculum; one who would purchase the latest in band equipment for the school’s marching band; another who would effectively incorporate technology into the school’s curricula; or one who would purchase a new science curriculum in French and Spanish?

In the East, the competition pits a teacher who would help create a community greenhouse and garden; another who would build an inclusive playground for special needs students; another who would develop a school-to-work program to benefit the community; another who would build a media center and library for students and community; and one who would develop a cutting-edge STEAM program to use technology in the school.

Today through October 31, America can determine which of these teachers will be among the six winners of the $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge, by voting daily at

Launched at the 2015 Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California, the Thank America’s Teachers program enables Americans everywhere to say thank you to teachers who made an impact on their lives. In addition to awarding 180 grants valued at $2,500 throughout the year to recognize the great work that teachers do every day, Farmers Insurance took the program one step further by developing the Dream Big Teacher Challenge, offering teachers a chance to compete for six $100,000 educational grants. In total, Farmers will give teachers across the country more than $1 million in educational grants in 2015.

“We received so many incredibly insightful and creative proposals from teachers across the country, and through a competitive review process, we chose an impressive group of 15 teacher proposals to compete for the final six $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge educational grants,” said Kelly LaMar, Managing Lead of Thank America’s Teachers for Farmers Insurance. “At Farmers, we are proud to be able to provide teachers with funds necessary to help advance education in their classrooms, and we encourage everyone to vote daily for any of the 15 teacher proposals beginning today at”

America is encouraged to vote daily in October to determine the six winners. While the public can only vote for each proposal once per day, Farmers encourages America to show their support for the most inspiring proposals by voting for multiple proposals daily at

Farmers will announce up to six $100,000 educational grants in December to the two proposals with the highest vote count in its three operating zones in the Western, Central and Eastern United States.

Throughout August and September, Farmers Insurance agents and district managers from across the country personally surprised local Dream Big Teacher Challenge finalists with the news that their proposals had been selected for the final stages of the Dream Big Teacher Challenge. Each of the 15 Dream Big Teacher Challenge drop-ins showcased the genuine excitement and pride of the students, principals, community, Farmers agents and district managers.

To encourage America to vote for their top 15 Dream Big Teacher Challenge finalists, background information on each of the finalists and corresponding proposal summaries appears below. (Editor’s Note: All teacher proposal videos can be found at Individual teacher videos available upon request.)

The public can visit at any time to share their thanks for teachers who made a difference in their lives, and to learn more about the program.

Please click here for a PDF version of the full news release.

About Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 22,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance entities that make up the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, is ranked No. 264 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of largest companies.

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