SOURCE: Ivar's



April 11, 2012 13:00 ET

Ivar's and Kidd Valley Restaurants Invite Local Students to Nominate Their Favorite Teacher as Washington's Best

Ninth Annual Teacher of the Year Contest Awards Two Top Teachers $500 in Classroom Supplies Plus Classroom Party

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2012) - In honor of National Teacher Appreciation month in May, Ivar's and Kidd Valley restaurants are calling on all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate their favorite teacher for a chance to win 2012 Teacher of the Year honors. A top teacher will be selected as a grand prize winner by both Ivar's and Kidd Valley. Each grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card for school supplies and the title of Ivar's Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. Plus, the nominating student of the grand prize winner will receive either a classroom chowder party (including a visit by Ivar's famous Dancing Clam!), or a delicious Kidd Valley burger party.

To nominate a teacher, students 14 years of age or younger may visit any Puget Sound area Ivar's or Kidd Valley location (excluding stadiums and Eastern Washington stores) to complete an official entry form, or go online to Ivar's Teacher of the Year or to Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. All entries must be received by May 20, 2012. The official Teacher of the Year rules can be found on Ivar's and Kidd Valley websites as well.

In addition to the two Teachers of the Year grand prizes, the contest will also award four teachers first prize of a $150 gift card for school supplies, and 30 teachers will receive second prize of a $25 Ivar's or Kidd Valley gift card.

Ivar's and Kidd Valley's ninth annual Teacher of the Year contest was inspired by heart-warming stories of teachers' positive contributions in and out of the classroom. As in previous years, the contest seeks to honor educators that go above and beyond the call of duty to teach, mentor and support their students. The 2011 Ivar's and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year grand prize winners were Ann Swain of Woodin Elementary in Bothell and Diane Trudnowski of Seattle's Maple Elementary.

Participating Ivar's Locations:
Everett Mall
Federal Way
Mukilteo - Mukilteo Landing Full Service Restaurant and Fish Bar
Renton (Gene Coulon Park)
Seattle - Acres of Clams Full Service Restaurant and Pier 54 Fish Bar
Seattle - Aurora
Seattle - Ballard
Seattle - Northgate Mall
Seattle - Salmon House Full Service Restaurant and Fish Bar
Tacoma - James Center
Tukwila - Southcenter Mall

Participating Kidd Valley Locations:
Queen Anne
Renton (Gene Coulon Park)

About Ivar's
Ivar's Seafood Restaurants began on Seattle's waterfront in 1938. Today, there are 25 Ivar's fast casual Seafood Bars and three full-service restaurants: Ivar's Acres of Clams, Ivar's Salmon House and Ivar's Mukilteo Landing. Ivar's Seafood, Soup and Sauce Company markets and sells its award-winning soups, chowders and sauces both nationally and internationally. The company also operates regional stadium concessions including Safeco Field, Qwest Field, Husky Stadium, KeyArena and the Comcast Arena at Everett. Learn more at

About Kidd Valley
Kidd Valley has earned a following throughout Seattle and the Eastside for its made-to-order burgers, old fashioned, hand-mixed shakes which often feature seasonal ingredients, Kidd Meals, and mouthwatering side dishes such as fresh sweet onion rings, sweet potato fries, Grounders Famous Garlic Fries and signature fried mushrooms. Kidd Valley began in 1975 in Seattle's University District. Today, Kidd Valley has 8 retail locations throughout Western Washington plus 6 stadium and event locations such as Safeco Field, Qwest Stadium, KeyArena and the Comcast Arena at Everett. For more, please visit

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