West Virginia Educator Receives 2005 ProStart® Teacher Excellence Award

February 08, 2005

Charleston, WV - Demonstrating its strong commitment to education, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that Brenda Arrowood, of Wayne County High School, is one of the 2005 recipients of the ProStart Teacher Excellence Awards.  

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of teachers who have been vital in making our ProStart program a true success,” said Mary M. Adolf, president and chief operating officer of the NRAEF. “Teachers like Mrs. Arrowood demonstrate how restaurants are the cornerstone of career-and-employment opportunities and have an enormous impact on the future of our industry.”  

Arrowood will receive an all expense-paid trip to the 86th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago where they will be recognized at a special event on Saturday, May 21.  

The instructors honored with a ProStart Teacher Excellence Award were nominated by the ProStart program coordinator in their state based on exceptional dedication to the ProStart program. The winners extended the program’s curriculum by motivating their students to participate in internships and by using guest speakers, field trips and other opportunities within the industry to make the program even more successful.  

The Teacher Excellence Award recognizes exceptional teachers who use the ProStart program in their classrooms. Developed by the NRAEF in partnership with state restaurant associations in 45 states and territories, the ProStart Program prepares high school students for the job market and higher education through coursework, work experience, credentials and scholarships. There are currently more than 45,000 students participating in the program nationwide.  

Celebrating its 86th year, the Association’s annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals in North and South America. The Show will be held May 21-24, 2005, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Each year, the Show attracts more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and approximately 73,000 attendees and visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. For the latest information, please visit the Show Web site at www.restaurant.org/show.

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