Happy Teacher Appreciation Month, guys! I come from a family full of teachers, so this month is a pretty big deal to me. (I’m not kidding! Both my parents, both my brothers, my sister, and I have all been teachers. I’m pretty sure if you cut us, #2 pencils and copies of Lord of the Flies would bleed out.)
Now I know teachers get a bad rap sometimes for imposing a bunch of rules and making people ask permission to pee, but let’s face it: They can be pretty awesome! There are so many educators out there who help students, including starting animal rights groups, helping students campaign to add veggie burgers to the lunchroom menu, giving alternatives to animal dissections, and more. This is why peta2 is partnering up with TeachKind to honor some of the amazing and inspiring work that these instructors are doing!
Got someone in mind? Nominate them for TeachKind’s Teacher Apprecation contest! It’s easy: E-mail the info below by May 19 to NinaK@peta.org and be sure to provide as many details as possible about why YOUR teacher should be picked!*
Winning teachers get a vegan food party catered for the class of their choosing and a certificate to give props to them for being such a great voice for animals. Winners will be chosen by Wednesday, May 22, and contacted via e-mail. So send in your nomination soon, and good luck!
*Contest details: PETA will choose the winners by assessing two criteria—how compassionate an example the teacher is setting for students through his or her actions (such as by encouraging students to try vegan foods, telling them about how important it is to adopt pets and not buy them, explaining why shoes shouldn’t be made of leather, etc.) and the effectiveness of the teacher’s actions to help animals this school year (for example, by getting a veggie burger added to the school lunch menu, volunteering to head up the school animal rights club, setting up a fundraiser to help a local animal shelter, etc.). If we select the teacher you’ve nominated, we’ll be contacting him or her for consent before announcing the winner.