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To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, State Senator John F. Curran is pleased to announce his My Inspirational Teacher Essay Contest. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their teachers’ amazing talents by writing an essay that explains how their teachers have inspired them. This is a chance to remind teachers how important they are, and what a difference they make in so many lives.

Please share this essay contest information with your students.

Thank you so much for making the world accessible to our young people through education. You also serve as a role model that might not otherwise be available in each student’s daily routine. You are a mentor, a counselor, and a friend. I look forward to reading about all the ways Illinois teachers inspire their students!

To enter, students should write an essay of 250-500 words about one teacher who has been an inspiration to them in a meaningful way. Be sure to discuss both your teacher’s actions (how he or she inspired you), as well as the result (how you have changed or what you have done because of your teacher’s inspiration).

Essays must be submitted via email to thankateacher@sgop.ilga.gov by April 30, 2024. Each entry must include the child’s name, school, and grade level, and the teacher’s name, school, and the subject taught.

EVALUATION: A panel of education leaders will read and evaluate essays on the following criteria:

  • Persuasiveness
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Adherence to contest instructions

PARTICIPANTS: All participants will receive a certificate of recognition from State John F Curran’s legislative office.

FINALISTS: Finalists and their nominated teachers will also be invited to a pizza party with Senator Curran.

The winning essay will win a $200 Amazon gift card and have excerpts from their essay displayed in the
rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol.

ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS: Middle School/Junior High School Students in grades 6-8

THEME: How My Teacher Inspires Me.

ENTRY DEADLINE: April 30, 2024

Announcement of Winners: Winners will be notified via email.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Questions may be directed to Senator Curran’s staff member, Abby Oliver, at aoliver@sgop.ilga.gov or 248-930-8294.

To register for this event email your details to thankateacher@sgop.ilga.gov

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2024-03-28 to

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