Students can submit an essay about why his or her teacher deserves to be honored with the Panera Rising Above Award.

Breads of the World, local franchisee for Panera Bread in central Ohio, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Rising Above student essay contest, which will run from March 1 March 31. To participate, students must submit an essay about why his or her teacher deserves to be honored with the Panera Rising Above Award, and the winning essays will be announced during National Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 3 May 9, 2009.

To nominate a teacher, participants must submit a 100 to 200-word essay at a local Panera bakery-cafe, via e-mail or through the mail. Entry forms are available at all 20 Panera Bread bakery-cafes located throughout central Ohio, as well as online at www.Panera-Ohio.com. Teachers must demonstrate leadership in the community, be honest, genuine and present fresh, innovative and creative ideas to their students. Three grand prize winners will be announced during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Winning teachers and their schools will be awarded grants, Panera gift cards and a variety of other prizes. The student winner in each category will win a Nintendo DS and the memory game, BrainAge.

"Quality teachers today are the heroes of tomorrow," said Jeff Rains, president of Breads of the World. "We encourage all students to stop by a local Panera Bread or send an e-mail about why their teachers deserve to win the Panera Bread Rising Above Award."