POCATELLO — Six future teachers received $500 Jakers Education Appreciation Awards thanks to a social media campaign sponsored by the Idaho State University College of Education and Jakers Bar and Grill.
The campaign, which ran during Education Appreciation week in the fall, reached over 15,000 people. The College of Education encouraged people to post about their favorite teacher on social media using the hashtag #ISUEdWeek, and for each post, Jakers Bar and Grill donated $10. At the end of the week, the campaign raised $2,990 for education student support.
Many social media submitters shared stories about their favorite teachers and how they changed their lives. “Your classroom/theater was a place I felt I could be me!” wrote one student. “She taught me to believe in myself and never stop smiling,” wrote another.
Three awards were given at the end of the fall semester and three more were given this semester. The recipients in the fall were Sarah Zolman, Kimberly Petty, and Shelby Murdock and the recipients in the spring were Kathryn Mancari, Kiegan Brewer, and Jakob Hanson.
Award winners were selected from a group of nominees. To be eligible, students were required to be senior-level students with a declared major in elementary education, secondary education, special education, early childhood blended education or music education. They also were required to have a 3.0 or higher GPA and demonstrated excellence in their student teaching internship.
“We are so thankful to Jakers Bar and Grill for giving us the opportunity to honor today’s teachers and the next generation of educators,” said Catherine Rider, College of Education director of development.