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For the Second Year, Gov. Haley Declares May as Teacher Appreciation Month in South Carolina

Charlotte, N.C. (May 2, 2013) – Earlier this morning at the State House, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, South Carolina Future Minds, founding sponsor Bojangles’ and other supporters of public education to officially declare May as Teacher Appreciation Month in South Carolina. 

To kick off Teacher Appreciation Month and to show its support for public education in South Carolina, Bojangles’ will provide all  South Carolina teachers a Bojangles’ promotional gift card with a “secret” value of anywhere from $1 to $100.  Additionally throughout the month of May, all South Carolina teachers are eligible to receive a free Legendary Iced Tea® or other beverage with purchase at any of Bojangles’ more than 100 restaurants throughout the state.

Bojangles’ also announced the dates for its annual statewide fundraising campaign to support the work of South Carolina Future Minds.  From Monday, May 20 to Sunday, June 2, customers can purchase a symbolic apple – $1 for red or $5 for green – each with a space for the donor to write their name and the name of a teacher they would like to honor.  The apples will be featured on the walls of each restaurant throughout the month to celebrate the state’s many outstanding teachers.  

“Bojangles’ is proud to partner with South Carolina Future Minds to support the more than 50,000 teachers who work so hard every day to improve the lives of their students,” said Bojangles’ President and CEO Randy Kibler.  “We’re looking forward to hosting so many ways to honor these outstanding teachers all year round, and especially during May’s Teacher Appreciation Month.”

“All of the money South Carolina Future Minds receives through these fundraising programs will help teachers improve their curriculum, classrooms and materials, which in turn will provide a better learning experience for the more than 700,000 students currently enrolled in South Carolina public schools,” said South Carolina Future Minds Executive Director Trip DuBard. 

This morning Bojangles’ also surprised the newly named South Carolina Teacher of the Year Darleen Sutton of Pickens County School District in Pickens with a five-night Caribbean cruise and randomly drew the name of Allendale County Teacher of the Year Annette Washington-Wright to receive another cruise.  The company also awarded $1,000 to Chesterfield County School District Teacher of the Year Robert Bollier, winner of the Charles S. Dickerson Award for community service, with $500 designated as a gift to Bollier, and $500 for the non-profit of his choice. 

Prior to Teacher Appreciation Month, Bojangles’ celebrated its fourth year as a sponsor of South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year program.  This year Bojangles’ donated nearly 3,000 books in honor of District Teachers of the Year, and since 2010 the company has donated more than 12,000 books to public schools across the state.  In addition, Bojangles’ treated these great teachers as well as their colleagues, friends, family and students to a celebration complete with Bojangles’ delicious chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, one-of-a-kind fixin’s, Legendary Iced Tea and delectable sweet treats like Bo-Berry Biscuits®

Throughout the month of May, teachers’ supporters are also encouraged to visit, where they can honor their favorite educators and give them a chance to win a five-night Caribbean cruise, courtesy of Bojangles’.

Visit to learn more about Bojangles’ partnership with the Teacher of the Year program or for more information about South Carolina Future Minds.