Farmers Insurance Names First 30 Winners of $2,500 Grants as Part of National Thank A Million Teachers Program America Cast More Than 650,000 Votes for Teacher Proposals Submitted from Across the Nation

LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers Insurance, one of the nation's largest multiline insurers, announced the first 30 winners of its "Thank A Million Teachers" program, a national initiative through which Farmers is inviting America to offer a heartfelt thanks to teachers, present and past, for the positive impact they have had in communities across the nation.  To date, more than 350,000 thank yous have been tallied on the www.ThankAMillionTeachers.com website. As part of the national program, Farmers invited teachers to submit proposals for $2,500 grants. During March, the public voted on nearly 1,300 submitted proposals with the top six vote-getters in five regions selected as winners. In all, Farmers has committed to donating $1 million to teachers and education programs in 2014.

"These winning teachers are outstanding examples of the type of creativity and dedication found in classrooms across America and we congratulate our first group of winners," said Randy Rice, National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance.  "We know these grants will have a major impact in schools throughout the country and we want to remind teachers that they can continue to submit proposals through the end of October as we will have additional opportunities for them to win grants."

Among the grant winners:

  • Stephanie Cohen of Granada Elementary School in Alhambra, Calif., whose students include a number of deaf and learning disabled students.  She will use her grant to host performing arts workshops on disability awareness and promote storytelling, visual imagery and utilize American Sign Language to develop skits and other creative learning opportunities for her students;
  • Moore, Okla., teacher Dee Ann Moran with a classroom full of old and wobbly desks and chairs at Winding Creek Elementary School needs new furniture.  Due to tight budgets and last year's devastating tornado, funds to replace the cracked furniture have not been available.  She plans to use her grant to provide her students with furniture that will enable them to focus on learning, not on pinching and uncomfortable desks and chairs;
  • Fiske Elementary School teacher Katie Friedl in Chicago, Ill., dreams of providing her students with as many hands-on science experiments as she can get her hands on.  While they are currently studying frogs, she plans to expand learning about the life cycle of living things by acquiring a chicken incubation system and other science equipment to enable more interactive learning among her students;
  • Samantha Majors, who teaches at Van Buren Elementary School in Van Buren, Mo., wants to increase access to technology to her rural students.  With her grant, she will purchase additional computers and other technology to help build language and writing skills and introduce new ways of learning through advanced technology;
  • Austin, Tex.-based teacher Veronica Twining at Fulmore Middle School remembers her days as a student and recalls the importance of having a safe and comfortable space to focus on learning.  With her grant she will purchase much needed school supplies and create a study corner that will be an inviting study sanctuary.

Below is the complete list of winners (note to editors, details of the winning proposals and access to the winning are available by contacting Farmers Media Relations representatives listed above):

Name of Teacher

School

City, State

Mark    

Adams 

Ironwood HS                     

Glendale, Ariz.

Sandy       

Andrus  

Tyhee Elementary             

Pocatello, Idaho

Cindy  

Bateman    

Plymouth Elementary    

Taylorsville, Utah

Elizabeth   

Betts     

North Harrison R-III School        

Bethany, Mo.  

Katie        

Buffum             

San Marcos Middle School      

San Marcos, Calif.

Stephanie  

Cohen         

Granada Elementary                 

Alhambra, Calif.

Luis       

Coronel     

School of Business & Tourism   

Los Angeles, Calif.

Sheryl    

Depp       

Crews Lake Middle School        

Spring Hill, Fla.

Wade    

Dues   

Vero Beach HS                      

Vero Beach, Fla.

Lindsey    

Elliott            

Thompson Crossing Elementary    

Indianapolis, Ind.

Linda     

Empey     

Tyhee Elementary           

Pocatello, Idaho

Rebecca    

Freimann      

Felix Festa Middle School          

West Nyack, N.Y.       

Katie   

Friedl         

Fiske Elementary                  

Chicago, Ill.

Shelley     

Hardenbrook  

Tyhee Elementary            

Pocatello, Idaho

Jennifer  

Hodges  

Claremont Elementary             

Claremore, Okla.

Melissa  

Hunt         

I.T. Stoddard Elementary        

Blackfoot, Idaho

Tammi    

Kantola     

Beechnau Elementary             

Ravenna, Mich.

Christie 

Kranjcec    

Dayton Elementary              

Dayton, Nev.

Geralyn    

Lewis         

Buford Elementary               

Lennox, Calif.

Amanda   

Maddox       

Newman Elementary         

Billings, Mont.

Samantha 

Majors    

Van Buren Elementary           

Van Buren, Mo.

Angie   

Moehlmann   

Sappington Elementary      

St. Louis, Mo.

Jennifer  

Moore   

Gallatin HS        

Gallatin, Tenn.

Dee Ann   

Moran   

Winding Creek Elementary         

Moore, Okla

Chris  

Pawlak      

Geneva HS                     

Geneva, Ill.

Carla   

Perez        

James F. Murray Elementary      

Jersey City, N.J.

John        

Piniat      

Potter-Thomas Elementary        

Philadelphia, Pa.

Veronica   

Twining      

Fulmore Middle School          

Austin, Texas

Allison   

Vanek       

Suder Montessori               

Chicago, Ill.

Karen   

Wietholter  

Newberry Academy             

Chicago, Ill.

Farmers Insurance is working in partnership with Adopt-A-Classroom.org, a national non-profit, to help teachers acquire the supplies and equipment they have requested in their proposals.

Farmers announced the launch of the Thank A Million Teachers program in late December at a special event featuring Jack Black, who thanked his former teacher Debbie Devine, who he credited with saving his life.  Several days later, Farmers brought additional attention to its campaign to thank educators across America with its Thank A Million Teachers New Year's Day float in the Tournament of Roses parade.

The ThankAMillionTeachers.com website is continuously accepting the public's thank you's and posts a live tally of the number of thank yous received so far.  It is also the place where teachers can submit their grant proposals for the next round of voting.  Proposals for the next round are being accepted in March and April for public voting in May.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders. Farmers Group, Inc., along with its subsidiaries, manages the non-claims insurance operations of the Farmers Exchanges. Farmers Group, Inc. is wholly owned by the Zurich Insurance Group. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

Contacts:               Luis Sahagun

(323) 932-4753

luis.sahagun@farmersinsurance.com

Trent Frager

(323) 932-3976

trent.frager@farmersinsurance.com

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