Ivar’s and Kidd Valley are asking for kids 14 and younger (kindergarten through 8th grade) to vote for their favorite teachers. The contest is part of May’s Teacher Appreciation Month, and the teacher with the most votes from each restaurant (Ivar’s and Kidd Valley) will win prizes for their classrooms. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card for school supplies and the title Teacher of the Year. The nominating student of the grand prize winner will receive either a classroom chowder party, complete with a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam, or a Kidd Valley burger party. The restaurants will also award four teachers first-place prizes of a $150 gift card for school supplies, and 30 teachers will receive second-place prizes of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.
This is Ivar’s and Kidd Valley’s ninth annual Teacher of the Year contest. They say they want to honor educators, “that go above and beyond the call of duty to teach, mentor and support their students.” Last year, Ann Swain of Woodin Elementary in Bothell and Diane Trudnowski of Seattle’s Maple Elementary were the grand prize winners.