A lot of awards are given to educators, but not many are based on the opinions of students.
The City Schools of Decatur annually awards an "extra mile" award for teachers who do more than their job description by tutoring or sponsoring student activities.
Students nominate the teachers. The school system says,
Nominations must be student-created in the form of a clearly written or typed essay explaining how the teacher has "gone the extra mile." Essays should include your teacher's name as well as your name, address, telephone number, school and grade. Note: Younger students can be assisted in writing their essay as long as the feelings expressed are those of the student not the parent. Essays will be judged on content, not writing skills.
Essays should be placed in a sealed envelope and turned in to the school's principal's office by April 19. The winner will be announced May 7 and students whose nominee was selected will be allowed to read his/her essay.
If you have questions contact the Decatur Education Foundation at 404-377-0641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.