CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Time is running out to apply for the longest running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in West Virginia – the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards. Applications for 2008 must be submitted by Jan. 11, 2008.
Arch Coal plans to recognize 12 teachers with $2,500 personal cash awards in February. In addition, the West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education, a foundation operated by the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) will again provide a $1,000 grant to each recipient’s school for use with at-risk students.
The teacher recognition program is supported by the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Library Commission, the Governor’s Office and the WVEA.
The public is asked to nominate teachers who they know are outstanding. Completed applications are judged by a blue ribbon panel of previous recipients and other teachers and the top 12 are then selected. Nominations may be made online at www.archteacherawards.com and on the WVEA’s Web site at www.wvea.org .
Arch Coal, based in St. Louis, is one of the nation’s largest coal producers. Nearly 2,000 people are employed at Arch’s operations in West Virginia.