Students have until Apr. 15 to nominate favorite teacher

By Jackie Mackay….
Students nationwide have until Apr. 15 to enter the “A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney” essay contest to win a vacation prize package to the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Winning teachers also receive the same vacation package.

The contest is being hosted by the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels in partnership with AirTran Airways and Walt Disney World. More than 200 students already have entered this year’s contest, and 1,000 students entered the contest last year.

The contest asks participants to nominate their favorite teacher, with winning educators and the students who nominate them each receiving a four-day, three-night vacation trip to one of the seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels.

Entrants to date are praising their teachers for hard work, mentoring, a sense of humor, engaging lesson plans, dedication, patience, and sincere concern for their students. The essays relate tales of educators who stand out with their unique teaching and ability to connect with students.

Students who wish to nominate their teachers for consideration must write a 500-word essay and submit it via the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’ website at

The essay should explain how the teacher has made a difference in the student’s life and will be judged on its relevance to theme, creativity, originality, and the merit of the teacher’s accomplishments as outlined in the essay.

Ten national winners will be chosen, and the participant and their favorite teacher nominee each will win the prize package that includes:

• Four-day/three-night accommodations (for up to four family members) at one of the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’

• Free airfare to Orlando (for up to four family members) on AirTran Airways (only for non-Florida residents);

• Four free Walt Disney World one-day, one-park passes;

• Four free tickets to the DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive theme park, and

• Complimentary breakfast at the hotel each day (for up to four family members).

“Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels want to celebrate those teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students in spite of the many challenges their schools are facing,” said Laurence Richardson, chair of the organization’s marketing committee. “We’re thrilled with the entries we have received to date in our nationwide contest, and we look forward to rewarding another group of 10 lucky entrants.”

Contest winners will be announced on the hotels’ website.

Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels is a consortium of seven official Walt Disney World Resort hotels that include: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, Doubletree Guest Suites, Hilton Orlando Resort, Holiday Inn, Royal Plaza Resort and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort.

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