JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina — Sanders Ford is asking "Who's Your Favorite Teacher?" in its first-ever essay contest that prompts students from pre-kindergarten to college to nominate their favorite educator.
The winning teacher will receive a $1,000 gift card to Staples.
The contest was inspired by May's celebration of Teacher's Appreciation Week combined with multiple staff members who have teachers as spouses, said Cassandra Humbert, business-development manager for the dealership.
"I know that our teachers spend a lot of their personal money on supplies, so we wanted to do something to help with that expense, plus get the students involved," Humbert told Edmunds.
The short essays must be original work by students and include a photograph of the North Carolina teacher, which will be posted on the Sanders Ford Facebook page for a soon-to-be-announced second contest.
The essays may be emailed or dropped off at the dealership by May 25 at 7 p.m., which encourages families to look around the showroom, Humbert noted.
"We believe by being active in our community and giving back, that we get to show appreciation to our current customers and future customers," Humbert said.
Edmunds says: This dealership goes to the head of the class with a teacher-friendly contest.