May 03, 2012 // Franchising.com // Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today joined South Carolina Future Minds, founding sponsor Bojangles’ and other supporters of public education to officially declare May as Teacher Appreciation Month in South Carolina.
Gov. Haley shared her proclamation at the State House today stating, “The 2012 observance of Teacher Appreciation Month offers an opportunity to acknowledge teachers and the important role they play in shaping the future of our state… I, Nikki Haley, governor of the great state of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim that May 2012 is Teacher Appreciation Month throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to recognize the contributions and positive impact of teachers in the Palmetto State.”
To kick off Teacher Appreciation Month and to show its support for public education in South Carolina, Bojangles’ has provided all teachers a Bojangles’ promotional gift card with a “secret” value of anywhere from $1 to $100. Teachers will also receive another promotional gift card to celebrate the end of a successful school year. Throughout the month of May, teachers are also eligible to receive a free Legendary Iced Tea™ or other beverage with purchase at any of Bojangles’ more than 100 South Carolina restaurants.
Bojangles’ also announced a statewide fundraising campaign to support the work of South Carolina Future Minds. From Monday, May 14 to Sunday, May 27, customers can purchase a symbolic apple – $1 for red or $5 for green – each with a space for the donor to write their name and the name of a teacher they would like to honor. The apples will be featured on the walls of each restaurant throughout the month to celebrate the state’s many outstanding teachers.
Throughout the month of May, teachers’ supporters are also encouraged to visit www.scfutureminds.org, where they can honor their favorite educators and give them a chance to win a five-night Caribbean cruise, courtesy of Bojangles’.
“We know how hard the state’s more than 50,000 teachers work to improve the lives of their students,” said Bojangles’ President and CEO Randy Kibler. “We’re excited to host a variety of activities to honor these outstanding teachers, especially during Teacher Appreciation Month.”
“Each dollar we receive through these fundraising programs will help teachers improve their curriculum, classrooms and materials, which in turn will provide a better learning experience for the more than 700,000 students currently enrolled in South Carolina public schools,” said South Carolina Future Minds Executive Director Trip DuBard.
This morning Bojangles’ also surprised the newly named South Carolina Teacher of the Year Amy McAllister-Skinner of Florence School District Five with a five-night Caribbean cruise and randomly drew the name of Helen Walker, Kershaw County Teacher of the Year and top five finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year, to receive another cruise. The company also awarded $1,000 to Oconee School District Teacher of the Year Rebeca Chmelar, winner of the Charlie Dickerson Award for community service, with $500 designated as a gift to Chmelar, and $500 for the non-profit of her choice.
Prior to Teacher Appreciation Month, Bojangles’ celebrated its third year as a sponsor of South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year program. This year Bojangles’ donated nearly 3,000 books in honor of District Teachers of the Year, and since 2010 the company has donated more than 9,000 books to public schools across the state. In addition, Bojangles’ treated these great teachers as well as their colleagues, friends, family and students to a celebration complete with Bojangles’ delicious chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, one-of-a-kind fixin’s, Legendary Iced Tea™ and delectable sweet treats like Bo-Berry Biscuits®.
Visit www.Bojangles.com to learn more about Bojangles’ partnership with the Teacher of the Year program or www.SCFutureMinds.org for more information about South Carolina Future Minds.
Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. serves such classic menu items as made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits; specially seasoned, never frozen fried chicken; Legendary Iced Tea™, steeped the old-fashioned way; and a variety of flavorful fixin’s. Bojangles’ boasts more than 500 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia, primarily in the Southeast, as well as two international restaurants. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.