A gold star at the top of a school paper is a powerful symbol to a student. But students are not the only people who can receive a star for a job well done. Coming off of a milestone last year, the R. J. McElroy Trust and KWWL Television will be celebrating their twenty-sixth award ceremony which recognizes ten area teachers the “Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.” Each will receive a $1,000 cash award.

“Our goal is to affirm the importance of the teaching profession in our communities,” said Stacy Van Gorp, McElroy Trust Executive Director. “We achieve this by selecting and recognizing ten outstanding teachers in Black Hawk County.”

Gold Star brochures were sent home with all students in Black Hawk County with nominations postmarked by March 1, 2014. Nominations may also be submitted online at: www.GoldStarTeacher.com. Nominated teachers will be notified and will have until March 26, 2014, to submit an application.

Eligible nominees must be employed as non-administrative staff, hold a current teaching certificate, and be teaching at a state certified pre-school, or an elementary, intermediate, or secondary school approved by the Iowa Department of Education and located in Black Hawk County, Iowa. For the first time this year, teachers who are employed less than full-time are welcome to apply.

“We wish to honor teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students,” said James B. Waterbury, trustee, R. J. McElroy Trust, “teachers who instill in their students a love of learning.”