Tomorrow evening thousands of viewers will watch the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards and cheer on their favorite actors and actresses. However, another important awards show is on the horizon and it will take place right here at The Smith Center. The Heart of Education Awards will celebrate our outstanding educational performers of Southern Nevada, but before then we need your vote, ie. nominate a deserving teacher by Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
Each school year there are countless moments that make an impact in the lives of students all made possible by teachers, yet often, those educators go unpraised and unrecognized. With that in mind, and inspired by a program at The Kennedy Center that is credited with helping to retain and recruit great teachers in the Washington D.C. area, The Smith Center and The Rogers Foundation have come together to create The Heart of Education Awards. While 2016 marks the inaugural year, the awards are intended to be an annual program that will put the spotlight on deserving education heroes within the Clark County School District. The community-wide celebration is the culminating event of CCSD’s Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7, 2016) and includes an invitation-only evening at The Smith Center for 800 finalists and their guests complete with red carpet, surprise performances by top talent and enviable swag bags of goodies. Additionally, 20 finalists each receive a $5,000 check for themselves, a $1,000 check for their school and a Roger Thomas-designed Heart of Education Trophy.
While attendance, test scores and awards are important, The Heart of Education Awards aims to honor teachers that really look for ways to go above and beyond to make a difference in their students’ lives. You know those educators. They quietly work before and after school to make a difference, managing the Student Council or P.T.A., or creating new after-school programs. We’ve heard stories of teachers obtaining eyeglasses for a needy student or sending another home with food for the weekend. All of these actions play a part in helping students achieve excellence and The Heart of Education Awards is just one measure to recognize these extra efforts.
Education is in the DNA of The Smith Center. Since opening our doors, we have welcomed more than 200,000 students and educators to participate in programs through our Education and Outreach Department. We are committed to our young community members and the education and experiences they receive and so the awards aim to not only recognize and reward great teachers, but also to keep them here and encourage new ones to call the valley home. For more information on The Heart of Education Awards and to nominate a teacher today, please visithttp://www.theheartofeducation.org/.
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