Brooklyn’s Public School 172 Hosts Award Assembly to Receive Grand Prize in StorageMart Contest

Ms. Gutman's fifth grade class

Ms. Gutman’s fifth grade class

 

Public School 172, in Brooklyn, New York held a special assembly at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, December 14, 2012 where Ms. Daphna Gutman, a fifth grade teacher at the school, and Kayla Torres, a student in Ms. Gutman’s class, received the Grand Prize award in StorageMart’s “Draw My Favorite Teacher” contest.

The first runners up, also of P.S. 172, received a prize and were recognized in the assembly. Alexa Zagal, third grade student, drew her teacher, Ms. Desiree Rios. A matter of only two votes separated the grand prize and first runner up and Mr. Jack Spatola, principal at P.S. 172, recognized all of the participants for their brilliant work.

Students at public schools across Brooklyn were invited to participate in StorageMart’s contest by submitting drawings of their favorite teacher and a few sentences about what makes their favorite teacher the best. Kayla’s drawing was selected as a finalist from hundreds of entries and placed online for public vote.

Sarah Little, Interactive Marketing Director at StorageMart, presented Kayla with a printed poster of her winning drawing. Ms. Little announced that Kayla won a pizza party for her entire class, to which the students erupted in cheering and applause. “I chose Ms. Gutman because she’s patient with us and every lesson she shows us, she does it clearly, and she’s one of the teachers that doesn’t like to scream”, says Kayla.

On behalf of StorageMart, Ms. Little also presented Ms.Gutman with a check for $500 and a stage full of more than $3,000 in school supplies ranging from tambourines, books, craft supplies, modeling clay and more. Ms. Rios, first runner up, also received a check for $100 and Alexa received a printed poster of her drawing.

Mr. Spatola thanked “StorageSmart” ( a name he gave the self storage company for their visionary work in creating the contest) and students presented ‘Thank You’ cards to StorageMart representatives. The cards are now on display in the offices at each of the company’s Brooklyn self storage facilities.

StorageMart held an identical contest in Oakland, CA and awarded Mr. Marcelo Granda, a kindergarten teacher at Glenview Elementary, in an assembly at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012. Ms. Little is already planning the 2013 “Draw My Favorite Teacher” contest and making this an annual event.

Winners of Grand Prize

Bottom row: Alexa Zagal, first runner up; Kayla Torres, grand prize winner
Top row: Ms. Daphna Gutman, grand prize recipient; Sarah Little, StorageMart; Mr. Jack Spatola, principal

 

Kayla wins a pizza party for her class

Kayla wins a pizza party for her class

 

Students present Thank You cards to StorageMart

Students present Thank You cards to StorageMart

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Glenview Elementary in Oakland, CA Hosts Award Assembly to Receive Grand Prize in StorageMart Contest

StorageMart presents Mr. Granda with a $500 check

StorageMart presents Mr. Granda with a $500 check

 

Glenview Elementary School, in Oakland, California held a special assembly at 8:45 a.m. on Monday morning, December 10, 2012 where Mr. Marcelo Granda, a kindergarten teacher at the school, and Xavier Newby, a kindergarten student in Mr. Granda’s class, received the Grand Prize award in StorageMart’s “Draw My Favorite Teacher” contest.

Students at public schools across Oakland were invited to participate in StorageMart’s contest by submitting drawings of their favorite teacher and a few sentences about what makes their favorite teacher the best. Xavier’s drawing was selected as a finalist from hundreds of entries and placed online for public vote. Xavier’s mother, Lisa Newby, stated “Family and friends in the area and as far away as New Jersey were voting every day and thrilled that Xavier’s drawing won.” Xavier’s former preschool teacher also attended the assembly and said that he has always loved drawing and coloring.

Sarah Little, Interactive Marketing Director at StorageMart, presented Xavier with a printed poster of his winning drawing and will provide a pizza party for Xavier’s class. Glenview Elementary thanked Xavier for winning the Grand Prize for his school by presenting him with a gift certificate to his favorite ice cream parlor, a school tshirt, and a sweatshirt. Xavier was speechless and a bit shy to receive the recognition, but smiled widely upon receiving his certificate for ice cream.

On behalf of StorageMart, Ms. Little also presented Mr. Granda with a check for $500 and a stage full of more than $3,000 in school supplies ranging from musical instruments to markers to modeling clay and more. Carrie Kessler, PTO Coordinator, stated, “The school really needed this”.  Many parents of current and previous students in Mr. Granda’s class shared their appreciation for his commitment to teaching. “Mr. Granda encourages learning by incorporating art and music into his curriculum, playing the guitar for his class and inspiring them. He’s a beloved teacher in this school”, said Ms. Kessler.

StorageMart held an identical contest in Brooklyn, New York and will award Ms. Daphna Gutman, a fifth-grade teacher at Public School 172, in an assembly at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012. Ms. Little is already planning the 2013 “Draw My Favorite Teacher” contest and making this an annual event.

Glenview Elementary Grand Prize Winners

Xavier Newby, artist and kindergarten student, with Mr. Granda, kindergarten teacher, receive their grand prize.

Award Assembly at Glenview Elementary in Oakland, California

Award Assembly at Glenview Elementary in Oakland, California

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