Nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes from Arvest Bank the week of Oct.16-22.

MIAMI – Arvest Bank will honor teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma by awarding 33 educators with $16,500 in prize money.

The decision to award 33 $500 gifts to individual teachers from a pool of more than 90 communities, including Miami, was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut. All prizes will go to teachers who work at state-funded schools.

“Arvest understands how important teachers are to our children, our communities, and our future,” Arvest Community Banker Debbie Pollard said. “We appreciate how hard teachers work and hope these awards will be accepted as a show of gratitude and gratefulness.”

To nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes, look for an Arvest Bank Facebook post about this contest during the week of Oct. 16-22. Include the teacher’s name, school name, city, and one sentence describing why that teacher deserves to win.

Towns included are: Adair, Ada, Afton, Aqua Park, Arkoma, Badger Lee, Bartlesville, Bethel, Bixby, Blackgum, Box, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choteau, Commerce, Copic Slab, Cottonwood, Coweta, Dale, Del City, Dewey, Duncan, Edmond, Elgin, Eufaula, Fairland, Ft. Gibson, Foreman, Gans, Glenpool, Gore, Gore Landing, Grove, Heavener, Jay, Jenks, Kansas, Lawton, Liberty, Maple, Marble City, McAlester, McLoud, Meeker, Miami, Midwest City, Moffett, Moore, Muldrow, Muskogee, Nicut, Norman, Nowata, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Owasso, Panama, Paradise Hill, PawPaw, Pocola, Porter, Poteau, Pryor, Quapaw, Redland, Reeder Ford, Roland, Sallisaw, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Seven Oaks, Shawnee, Spiro, Stillwater, Stilwell, Stoney Point, Sycamore, Tahlequah, Talihina, Tecumseh, Tulsa, Vian, Vinita, Wagoner, Walters, Westville, Wister, Wyandotte and Yukon.