One area of distinction in Renton is our desire to honor and embrace the teaching profession. The Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton Reporter, Seahawks and several business organizations join together to sponsor and give back to teachers of distinction chosen by the community.
The Ahead of the Class award program is a partnership between the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton public and private schools, and Renton businesses. It is part of the Chamber's effort to provide individuals, businesses, and organizations the opportunity to invest in a brighter and better tomorrow for our young people. The program's aim is to enhance community awareness of the excellence of education in Renton.
HOW IT WORKS
Renton teachers are nominated as difference makers from students, peers, parents, etc. Nominations are opened through the school district, Renton Reporter, Renton Chamber of Commerce, and every channel available. Last year 239 nominations came in and 63 were invited to submit applications. A selection committee of local volunteers read through the applications and picks 10 finalists to interview. The finalists are notified and Blitz along with local officials show up at the classroom and inform the teacher they are a finalist and present their official invitation to attend the awards ceremony. Imagine the excitement of the class as they grab their phones and take selfies with Blitz!
The next step is the ceremony. This year's event will be April 16th. The top ten are invited to an awards ceremony at the IKEA Performance Arts Center. The top five are awarded a $500 cash prize the remaining five receive $100 each along with an engraved award.