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[The following post was commissioned by Hilton HHonors]
Yesterday, as I sat on the couch fighting pneumonia, my son sat next to me for much of the day. I was watching TV, and he was watching videos on a laptop. I could hear classical music coming through his headphones for hours. And it wasn’t just as accompaniment to something else; he was watching orchestras play the music. Finally I asked him what he was doing, and he shouted (because he was still wearing headphones), “Trying to hear the flute parts!”
This from the kid who just a year ago rolled his eyes every time I put on classical music in the car. From the boy who ignored the flute that’s been in my life far longer than he has. How did this happen? Because a music teacher at his middle school told him he’d make a great flute player. And that was that. He went at it full-speed, catching up with the other band members in a matter of months. He’s going to bankrupt me with sheet music purchases, but how can I refuse him the money when it’s for something so awesome?
That’s what great teachers do: they inspire. They show kids a bigger world and help them see their potential in it.
The Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program knows this, which is why they’re helping fifteen teachers take educational trips through their Teacher Treks Travel Grant contest. Hilton HHonors understands how important it is for teachers to be able to experience their area of expertise in another culture, and then bring that knowledge back to their classrooms and inspire their students.
The field has already been narrowed to thirty finalists by a panel that includes teachers and education experts, and now it’s our turn to help pick the winners! You can see the finalists’ applications here and cast your vote. With locations as diverse as Korea, South Africa, Zanzibar, Italy, and the Galapagos Islands, these teachers have some amazing trips planned and exciting reasons behind their dream destinations. The fifteen winners will each receive a $6,000 grant to make their dream trips come true. All thirty finalists will receive a $2,500 grant for their schools to use for cultural activities.
And the best part for you? Hilton HHonors is also giving away ten $250 gift certificates – each vote gets you an entry!
Reading through the entries was truly inspiring – those trips are going to be amazing. And the ripples of cultural knowledge and understanding that the trips will produce in the thousands of students affected will be profound.
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