Students can nominate their favorite
teacher by May 25
The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit is seeking nominations from students for the ninth annual Goodfellow Detroit Public School Teacher of the Year contest. The organization sponsors the contest to express its gratitude to Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) administrators, teachers and support staff who, each year, work so diligently to identify students in need of its holiday gift packages. The 104-year-old charity’s mission is to ensure there is “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.”
Students in grades 3 through 8 at a DPSCD school can nominate their favorite teacher for the Goodfellow Detroit Public School Teacher of the Year recognition by answering the question: “Why is your teacher so special?” in 50 words or less.
The winning “Favorite Teacher” will receive a gift card to purchase supplies for his or her classroom and will also be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall. Additionally, the student who writes the winning nomination will receive a surprise classroom visit, a special certificate and a Barnes and Noble gift card courtesy of the Detroit Goodfellows.
The Goodfellows Board of Directors will review all nominations and select a winning teacher by June 1, 2018. The winner and nominating student will receive a “surprise notification” at a school assembly in early June.
Last year’s winner of the eighth annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest was Gladys Clark, an eighth-grade teacher at Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School. Clark, a Detroit resident, had been a teacher with DPSCD for 32 years and at Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School for six years. Nominations from two eighth-grade students at Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School, Jakyria Hodge, 14, and Leah Denmark,13, were chosen as winners.
The Detroit Goodfellows annually distributes 34,000 holiday gift packages through Detroit police precincts to needy children in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods and River Rouge. The 104-year-old charity’s mission is to ensure that there is “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.”
Founded in 1914, the Detroit Goodfellows is the original and oldest Goodfellows organization and is not affiliated with any other Goodfellow group. It also sponsors a dental program for children through University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, awards scholarships through Wayne State University, provides free shoes to children in need and helps send hundreds of needy children to camp each summer.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, P.O. Box 44444, Detroit, MI 48244-0444. Donations may also be made using the organization’s secure website: www.detroitgoodfellows.org.
The Detroit Goodfellows holds a four–star rating from Charity Navigator. As America’s premiere charity evaluator, Charity Navigator provides donors with information to give them confidence in their charitable choices. The four–star rating is the highest rating given by Charity Navigator. To view the Detroit Goodfellows Charity Navigator listing, please visit www.charitynavigator.org
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