QUINCY -- Local McDonald's restaurants want to celebrate area teachers with the new Teach it Forward Outstanding Educator Awards.
Community members beginning Wednesday can nominate outstanding K-12 teachers for the awards honoring educators who exhibit the ultimate dedication to their students and contribute to the improvement of education in our most challenging times.
Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 16 at surveymonkey.com/r/teachitforward.
Winning educators must teach in eligible counties including Adams and Pike in Illinois and Marion in Missouri.
Winners will each receive a $100 Visa gift card to use toward their classroom, a T-shirt and McDonald's certificates and coupons to recognize good behavior and academic success among their students.
"Our teachers are constantly adapting to whatever is thrown at them, while making sure our students succeed," local McDonald's owner/operator Mike Kasprzyk said. "We're excited to recognize those who go above and beyond for our students through the Outstanding Educator awards."