My Favorite Teacher Contest at Barnes & Noble

Educators visiting Barnes & Noble Victor Valley Mall during Educator Appreciation Days can receive information about Barnes & Noble’s 2016 My Favorite Teacher Contest at, which provides middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers by writing an essay, poem or letter about them.

Local winning teachers are recognized at an in-store event in the spring and are eligible to win prizes at the regional level. One regional winner will be named the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year and receive a cash prize of $5,000, with their school also receiving $5,000.  The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs thru March 1, 2016. Student entry forms are in store.

During Educator Appreciation Days, Barnes & Noble will offer a special sweepstakes in which educators can enter to win a Maker Space for their school, featuring some of the leading products in technology today, including the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer from XYZprinting, Ozobot Classroom Kit, Raspberry Pi Kit, littleBits Deluxe Kit, Electronic Snap Circuits from ELENCO and Extraordinaires® Design Studio PRO. Maker Space prizes will help educators teach students the valuable skills of coding and 3D printing, while giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences in the art of designing, handcrafting and constructing.

The sweepstakes winner will also receive books that teach how to use technology in the spirit of collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork. The book prize package includes titles like Making Makers by AnnMarie Thomas, the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 2 by Charles Platt, Teach Your Kids to Code by Bryson Payne, and Design for 3D Printing by Samuel N. Bernier, to name just a few.

To enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes that are valued at approximately $4,000.00, educators should visit their local Barnes & Noble retail store and ask a bookseller how to enter Saturday, January 9, through Sunday, January 17. To find their local Barnes & Noble store, customers should visit

“During our Mini Maker Faire this past November, partnerships with schools across the country helped make it a tremendous success and allowed us to introduce the Maker Movement & tech literacy to our customers,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development. “We want to help a teacher to get their own Maker Space established in their school so students can be inspired daily to ideate, invent and create.”

As always during Educator Appreciation Days, public, private and homeschool educators who shop at their local Barnes & Noble store or online at will receive special discounts on merchandise, including: 25% discount on personal and classroom books, toys, games, music, movies and more;10% off the list price on tech tools to help bring tech literacy to classrooms;10% off the list price on all NOOK tablets and eReaders including the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK, the 9.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK®, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK®, and the new NOOK GlowLight Plus*; and a 10% discount on all Café consumable purchases.
Other prizes and giveaways are gift cards, books, posters, educator guides, sticker sheets, activity kits and tote bags.

These offers are available to pre-K-12 teachers and administrators enrolled in the Barnes & Noble Educator Discount program. Educators can apply for their Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card in their local stores. The application form is available in stores or can be downloaded at

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Winner of Inaugural Civil Rights Essay Contest

The City of Victorville announced the winner of its first Civil Rights Essay Contest is Reiner Yabut, a seventh-grader at Cobalt Institute of Math and Science. Yabut penned his winning essay about Civil Rights Leader, Asa Philip Randolph last year while attending Galileo Academy. A portion of Yabut’s winning essay will be displayed on a bronze plaque in the City’s Civil Rights Memorial.

The Civil Rights Essay Contest is sponsored by The City of Victorville in collaboration with Victor Elementary School District. Students were asked to write about a U.S. Civil Rights Leader and explain why the leader should be honored within the City’s Civil Rights Memorial. Essays were evaluated on the basis of content, research, expression and originality.

Victor Elementary School District Superintendent, Jan Gonzales said, “We are very proud of Reiner for having the creativity to write about a Civil Rights Leader who, while not as well known as others, played a very important role in the Civil Rights Movement.” She went on to say, “I would like to thank the City of Victorville for providing not only a Civil Rights Memorial but a wonderful opportunity for students from Victorville.”

“I am pleased to recognize Reiner for his winning essay about Asa Philip Randolph,” said Gloria Garcia, Mayor of Victorville. “The City’s vision is to continue the essay contest until the Memorial is filled with plaques honoring Civil Rights Leaders who changed our nation for the benefit of all people.”

Each plaque will contain the winning student’s name, a portion of their essay, the school they attend, and the name of the sponsor that funded the plaque. The plaque honoring Asa Philip Randolph was sponsored by Riverside Preparatory School. A plaque honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has been sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta for inclusion at the Memorial.

Yabut’s winning essay will be published on the City of Victorville website

For more information about the Victorville Civil Rights Memorial or to sponsor a bronze plaque call (760) 955-3306.