Friday, April 19, 2013

Find out how helping an admirable teacher means free travel for YOU with the @HiltonHHonors Teacher Treks Campaign!

Who was your favorite teacher? Mine was my High School English Teacher, I was in two different English Classes, AP (Advanced Placement) English and I also took more Creative Classes with my favorite teacher Mr. McKinnon. He was just plain awesome, his classes were fun, insightful and he had a fun way of relaying everything and making it more interesting and memorable. For that one period it was like school actually turned off, and you had so much fun you didn't realize you were actually learning!

His classes inspired me to take Creative Writing Classes in College and the foundations that he instilled in me as a student helped me to even begin writing for a local Newspaper as well as the Campus Newspaper in my freshman year in College. Eventually I even made the front page of the Local Paper on many occasions, attended Press Junkets as a film critic, and in Senior year landed an internship as a newswriter for my local cable news channel.

Before I started teaching Special Education, I spent time working for a major Airline (one of the few that have actually survived the fallout), and ironically while working for an Airline I ended up traveling way less than after I was working there, but it is when the travel bug hit me and it hit me hard.

I remember when 'reward programs' had their start and I joined them for every major airline and when hotels launched their own rewards programs I joined those too! One of the first hotel related reward programs that I joined was the Hilton HHonors Program, and it is still one of my favorite reward programs to this day. 

The Hilton HHonors Program is a loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's 10 distinct hotel brands which include: Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites and Hilton Grand Vacations. 

Some of my personal favorite properties in the program include the The Roosevelt New Orleans which is a Waldorf Astoria Hotel (I stayed there last year for The Niche Mommy Conference), and Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara!

I just found out about an amazing Travel Grant Competition called Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks, which is a program that will fund 15 teachers to travel and gain first hand experience that will help them to enrich the subject they teach, which will allow them to enhance their curriculum and inspire students to explore the world! (I wish programs like this existed when I was teaching!)

A panel of judges that includes K-12 teachers and other education experts have narrowed down the finalists to 30 amazing teachers, and now YOU get the chance to help them select the 15 winning teachers! While I'm sure you'd love to see them all win, (I know I would), I do know first hand just how difficult and demanding teaching is, but only 15 teachers can win this AWESOME prize, and that's where YOU come in, for helping out with this big decision, all who vote will be entered for a chance to win a Hilton HHonors Gift Card valued at $250. There will be TEN winners! You can cast one vote per day which helps to increase your chances to win. And of course will also help the teacher you are voting for!

Prize Structure:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 15 winners will receive a grant valued at $6,000 to travel to a destination of their choice and in addition to the trip, each winning teacher's school will get a $2,500 grant to use for cultural activities or enhancements.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Runners-up: 15 runners-up will receive a $2,500 Grant for their school to use for cultural activities or enhancements.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - One winner from all submissions will receive a cultural excursion for their classroom valued at $1,500

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Voters: TEN random winners who vote in the Teacher Treks competition will receive one Hilton HHonors Gift Card valued at $250

NOTE: If you live in Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina or Washington congrats you have a teacher who made the finals, so show them some love!

So what are you waiting for Butterfly? Go VOTE Now! Do something nice for a deserving teacher and in turn something fun for YOU too!

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are 100% my own. I like to share about products and services that I feel will be beneficial to my readers! And as a former Special Education Teacher, I love any company that gives back to teachers for all the hard work they do!


  1. This a great way to honor teachers thar work so hard to help our children get a wonderfull start in life.(not to mention that most are so underpaid and are expected to do so much with very little and still turn out well educated people!)

    1. @Big Happy Buddha - I agree! Teachers are woefully under-paid, terribly over-worked and oftentimes have to pay for supplies from their own pockets for their classrooms. It's great to see a company that is doing something nice for teachers, they deserve it!

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