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Submissions honoring exemplary teachers to be accepted through Aug. 21

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 3, 2020) – Healthy Lee invites the Southwest Florida community to share their appreciation for Lee County teachers through its 2020 Teacher Appreciation Contest.

Through Aug. 21, Lee County students are encouraged to share stories of how their teacher has made a difference in their life or the lives of others. To participate, children can create a video, song, artwork or poem honoring a teacher, which can be uploaded by parents or guardians to

Teachers will be welcomed back to school with these positive messages, along with prizes and discounts to promote teacher self-care and appreciation in the community. Additionally, one lucky educator will be selected to win a wonderful gift and other great prizes for their classroom.

“Teachers help bring education to life, playing a critically important role in a student’s ability to learn, grow and one day become contributing members of our society,” said Gary Griffin, chairman of Healthy Lee. “After ending a particularly unusual school year, we wanted to help teachers and students kick off the new school year on the right foot. The Teacher Appreciation Contest allows our students to show just how much they appreciate their teachers and all they do to make a difference.”

The Teacher Appreciation Contest is part of Healthy Lee’s Behavioral Health Coalition’s “Welcome Week,” running Aug. 24-28. A week dedicated exclusively to teachers, Welcome Week will feature special offerings, prizes and more to kick off the new school year and commend local teachers for their impact on education in Lee County.

Not a student? Individuals and businesses can also contribute to Welcome Week through monetary donations to support classroom upgrades and gifts for contest winners, as well as by providing discounted services for teachers.

To learn more about the Teacher Appreciation Contest and how to honor local teachers, visit

About Healthy Lee

Comprised of more than 300 Lee County businesses and organizations, the Healthy Lee initiative reflects Lee County’s comprehensive sustainability strategy through promoting the integration of healthy lifestyle choices into the daily routines of the community of Lee County. The movement promotes collaborative partnerships and seeks to provide the resources, tools and knowledge to empower the community to make exercise, nutrition and well-being a priority. For more information, visit

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