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Rack Room Shoes’ Classy Contest

To celebrate Back to School season, Rack Room Shoes has launched the Real Teacher of the Year Contest in conjunction with its “Be You” ad campaign. Five teachers will win a computer lab grant valued at $10,000 to be used towards technological upgrades at their respective schools. Additionally, each winning teacher will receive free shoes for a year, which is equivalent to a $50 store voucher each month.

Parents, guardians, PTA members and adults 18 years of age and older logged on to the contest site ( and submitted a video or photo, accompanied by a short paragraph, explaining why the teacher they nominated is deserving of recognition. It’s a way for individuals to recognize and say thanks to teachers who have made an influential impact in their lives, while also playing a part in giving back to their schools in a unique way, according to Jan Mauldin, director of corporate marketing for Rack Room Shoes.

“There’s something special about the start of a new school year, and we’re looking forward to celebrating our ‘Be You’ campaign, by shining a spotlight on those who have encouraged authenticity,” states Mauldin. “We are eager to see all the wonderful teachers who are deserving of this award be highlighted in a very special way.”

Public voting runs from Aug. 18 through Sept. 6 on the contest site. Winners will be notified the following week. A special check presentation will be held at the top 5 winning schools.

The March 2024 Issue

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