Join WRAT and NJEA in celebrating the valuable role educators play in our children’s lives. We're looking to recognize teachers who stand up and stand out and make an impact on the lives of their students.
What is the Teachers Who Rock Awards program?
The Teachers Who Rock program will recognize up to 24 outstanding teachers to receive this prestigious award for their important contribution to society. These teachers become lifetime members of the Teachers Who Rock Class.
In addition to recognizing outstanding teachers we also recognize one Educational Support Professional in our community. Educational Support Professionals or ESP’s take care of our children every day and make sure they have the tools and resources to succeed in our schools and classrooms. ESP’s include paraprofessionals, secretaries, bus drivers, food service workers, custodial/maintenance workers and security personnel.
Who is eligible?
Nominated teachers must be full-time classroom teachers at a public or non-public school in the Jersey Shore Area. For the 2017-2018 school year, teachers must spend the majority of their assignment time teaching students in grades Pre-K – 8, and 9-12.
How can a teacher be considered for a Teachers Who Rock award?
In order to be considered for a Teachers Who Rock Award, a teacher must first be nominated by a superintendent, principal, co-worker, or parent. A teacher may not nominate himself or herself. The nominating committee will not accept nominations from students. Nominations may be submitted on the WRAT website or via mail. The nomination period will be from December 11, 2018 through March 21, 2018.
What do the winners receive?
Winners will be announced on air each Friday at or around 1:20pm on the Rockyn Robyn Midday Show, starting on January 5, 2018.
Each teacher will also be honored at an awards banquet, receive special gifts, banquet tickets, a Class of 2018 Award, and their stories will be read on stage. The awards banquet will take place Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at The Clarion Hotel, (815 Rte 37 W, Toms River). More banquet details to follow.
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Teachers Who Rock
These rules apply to Teachers Who Rock Contest (“Contest”) conducted by Beasley Media Group, Inc. d/b/a WRAT (“Station”). In addition, the General Contest Rules attached hereto and posted at Station’s website apply to this Contest. If there is a conflict between the General Contest Rules and the Rules for this Contest, the Rules for this Contest shall control.
- HOW TO ENTER AND PLAY
a. The (Teachers Who Rock) Contest will begin on December 11, 2017 and end on March 23, 2018.
b. To enter online, beginning on December 11, 2017 at 8:30 am Eastern Time (“ET”) until 5 pm ET on March 21, 2018, visit www.wrat.com and follow the links and instructions to enter the Contest and complete and submit the online entry form. The entry form must also include the first and last name of the teacher nominee (“teacher Nominee”). Each Nominee must live in New Jersey. Each entry must also include an original 250-500 word essay (“Essay”) explaining how the teacher Nominee has inspired others and describing why teacher Nominee deserves to be honored into the Teachers Who Rock Class of 2018, to include extra-curricular activities, community service, mentoring and / or overcoming obstacles, and how they have made a difference in their community.
c. To enter by mail: clearly hand write or type your first name and last name, complete address, city, state, zip code, telephone number (including area code), and date of birth on an official entry form available on the station’s website www.wrat.com. Mail the completed entry form including Essay described above with sufficient first class postage to, 1731 Main Street, Lake Como, NJ 07719, Attn: “Teachers Who Rock Awards”. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 16, 2018 and received by Wednesday, March 21, 2018 regardless of postmark date. Only one (1) mail-in entry per outer mailing envelope is permitted. Failure to provide all required information may result in disqualification.
d. All entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on the Wednesday prior to each prize winner selection day. All entries must be received by 5:00 pm ET on March 21, 2018.
e. Entrants may submit multiple entries, but may nominate each Nominee a maximum of one time. Nominees are eligible to win the Contest only once.
f. Up to twenty- five (25) winners (total) will be selected by the Station, in its sole discretion, and recognized each Friday Afternoon during Rockyn’ Robyn’s show from January 5th through March 23, 2018. Nominees will be considered throughout the Contest on a rolling basis.
g. Entrant must have the right to submit any Essay. Essay submitted by an entrant may not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or proprietary rights including but not limited to copyrights or trademarks. Essay must be the original work of entrant, and any elements appearing in the Essay must be entrant’s own original work, created by entrant, or be in the public domain. By submitting an Essay, entrant grants to the Station a perpetual, royalty-free license to use and publish the Essay in connection with the Contest and for marketing and promotional purposes in any media now existing or hereafter created without any notification, opportunity to review, right of approval, or additional consideration. Unless otherwise specified, selecting such Essay to share or broadcast shall be for publicity purposes only and shall have no bearing on the outcome of the Contest or the selection of winners. Unless otherwise specified, any material, text or otherwise, included as part of the Essay must be in the English language, and no personal information, including but not limited to name, image, or likeness of any person other than the entrant, or those from whom the entrant has obtained permission (or from their parents/guardians if individuals are minors), is to be included or referred to in the Essay. The Station reserves the right to disqualify any entry that includes Essay that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be indecent or inappropriate, unsuitable for public display, broadcast, or posting on any Station-administered website (i.e., entries must be radio clean), otherwise in violation of these guidelines or which communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which the Station and its sponsor(s) wish to associate. Entries that do not comply with these guidelines may not be eligible.
- ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS for entrants/Nominees
a. The Contest is open to all Nominees who are legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older at time of nomination and who are a Pre-K-12 teacher at any accredited school, public or private, in New Jersey. Nominees and entrants must possess a valid, government-issued ID. Winner must show proof of (service area) residency to verify eligibility. Anyone 18 years of age or older can submit a nomination (i.e. Co-worker, supervisor, administration, relative, friend, etc.) Students cannot submit nominations, and you cannot nominate yourself. By entering someone other than his/herself, an Entrant is verifying that they have permission from the Nominee. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
b. Only entries that meet all the requirements specified in these OFFICIAL RULES (“Rules”) will be considered valid (“Valid Entry”). Entries must be legible and include all elements of a Valid Entry. 95.9 WRAT reserves the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any otherwise Valid Entry that is not in good taste and/or is not suitable for all audiences. Employees, including their immediate family members, of Beasley Media Group New Jersey are ineligible for the Contest. The term “immediate family member” includes spouses, siblings, parents and legal guardians, children and legal wards, grandparents, and grandchildren, including “in-laws.”
a. Up to twenty-five (25) prizes will be awarded to the winning Nominee. Each prize includes the following:
• Four (4) tickets (for Nominee and up to 3 guests) to attend the awards banquet taking place on March 28, 2018 at The Clarion in Toms River, New Jersey. Attendance is not mandatory.
• Apple Awards with Name and Class of 2018 will also be awarded to each winning teacher.
b. Each selected Teacher Nominee’s name, entrant’s Essay may be included on the Station’s website at www.wrat.com. The winning Nominee will be solely responsible for all taxes and all other fees and expenses not specified herein associated with the receipt and use of the prize(s). The prize(s) is awarded as is.
c. Prizes will be awarded to the Nominees, not the entrants who submit the winning entries.
d. The Station assumes no responsibility for cancelled, delayed, suspended or rescheduled Prize elements. Transportation of Honorees/guests to and from the Award Ceremony, and any other expenses relating to the Contest not expressly listed as included in the prize, are the responsibility of the Prize winning Nominee.
e. Prizes or prize certificates must be claimed by 5:00 pm ET on April 28, 2018. Prizes will not be given out before banquet event. Failure to claim Prize by the specified time will result in forfeiture of the prize. It is the winner’s sole responsibility to claim the Prize or prize certificate within the timeline provided in these Official Rules.
- SELECTION OF WINNERS
a. Every Thursday beginning on January 4, 2018 through March 22, 2018, at approximately 9AM ET, the judging panel (comprised of Station staff, including members from the departments of Promotions, Programming, and Events) will review and judge all eligible Essay entries received during up until 11:59 pm ET the Wednesday before the selection date, based on their sole and absolute judgment and opinion on the basis of originality, creativity and the compelling nature of the Essay, and all decisions are in the sole and absolute discretion of the Station. Up to two (2) winning Essay entries will be selected based on the judging criteria mentioned above. In the event of a tie, the Station will select a winner in a random drawing from the tied entrants.
b. The Station further reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest (e.g., to permit non-winning Essays to be judged in successive weeks) if an insufficient number of entries are received.
c. The entrant who submitted the winning Nominee Essay shall receive recognition, but not a prize. The winning Nominee shall receive the prize, upon the Nominee’s willingness to accept the prize and be bound by these rules and other winner obligations and requirements. If a selected Nominee does not agree to accept the prize then their prize will go un-awarded. If a Nominee no longer teaches, moves to a school not in one of the above-mentioned states, or becomes ineligible in any manner at the time of winning then the Nominee will no longer be eligible to become a Teacher Who Rocks. If a Nominee is chosen as a winner and later becomes ineligible, then he/she will no longer be eligible for the prize.
d. Winner need not be present to enter or win. Prize winner/Nominee will be notified by phone no later than 7PM ET the date of selection and announced that Friday on-air. A follow up email will also be sent to the email address provided in the nomination.
e. Decisions of Station management with respect to the Contest are final.
a. See Attachment A “General Contest Rules” for additional conditions.
b. The Station reserves the right to end any contest or amend these rules upon announcement on air and by publication at www.wrat.com.
d. Copies of the written contest rules and a list of all winners are available during regular business hours at the main studio of the Station, 1731 Main Street, Lake Como, NJ 07719, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Station at 1731 Main Street, Lake Como, NJ 07719.
BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP, Inc.
GENERAL CONTEST RULES
These rules apply to all contests conducted by Beasley Media Group radio stations. Station specific contests will have their own specific rules which will be set forth in contest rules for that particular contest and will be available at the Station studio and on the Station’s website. . If there is a conflict between these General Contest Rules and the Rules for a specific Contest, the Rules for the specific Contest shall control
- HOW TO ENTER AND PLAY
a. Unless otherwise noted, one entry per person will be accepted. In the event multiple entries are allowed, each entry must be submitted individually. Mechanically reproduced or software generated entries of any kind will not be accepted. Any materials submitted become the property of Station and will not be returned.
- ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS
a. Unless otherwise specified, contests are open to all listeners who are 18 years of age or older and who reside in the service area of station. Contestants must possess a valid, government-issued ID. Winner must show proof of residency to verify eligibility.
b. Employees of Station, its licensee, its parent corporation and their affiliated entities, advertising and PR agencies, participating sponsors/promotional partners, other radio stations in the service area of the station and the members of their immediate families are ineligible to participate or win.
c. Unless otherwise specified, Listeners are eligible to win Beasley Media Group contests with a prize value of $25.00 only once every thirty (30) days and a prize valued at $600 or more, only once every twelve months. Only one winner per household (whether related or not) is permitted in any contest.
a. Unless otherwise specified by the Station, all prizes or prize certificates must be claimed at the office of the Station conducting the contest, Monday-Friday, during regular business hours. Prize or prize certificate must be claimed within thirty (30) days of winning. Failure to claim prize by the specified time will result in forfeiture of the prize.
b. Unless otherwise permitted by the Station, winner(s) must claim his or her Prize in person, and a Prize cannot be claimed by third parties on behalf of the winner. If a contest is open to entrants under the age of 18 and a winner is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must claim the Prize. It is the winner’s sole responsibility to claim the Prize or prize certificate within the timeline provided in the official rules of the contest.
c. In the event that a prize or prize certificate is mailed to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its arrival. The Station is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.
d. Prizes are not transferable. Prizes may not be substituted for or redeemed for cash.
- SELECTION OF WINNERS
a. Contest winners will be selected and notified of their prize in the manner announced by the Station.
b. Unless otherwise specified, if the winner(s) cannot be contacted within 24 hours after the prize is awarded, an alternate winner may be selected at the Station’s discretion. Unless otherwise specified, winners who fail to respond within 24 hours of prize notification are deemed to be waiving their prize claim and the prize will be forfeited.
c. The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received or the relative performance of each contestant.
a. WARNING: Online listeners to streamed broadcasts may experience a lag in transmissions.
b. Taxes and Liability: Payment of all federal, state and local taxes is the sole responsibility of the winner. Contest winnings will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service and winners can expect to receive a 1099 tax form for prizes which total more than $600 for the calendar year. Winners may be required to accurately complete and submit IRS Form W-9 to the Station as a condition of acceptance of a prize.
c. By participating in the contest, contestant agrees to have his or her name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to this contest without additional financial or other compensation.
d. By participating in the contest, contestants hereby releases and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Station, its licensee, affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporation and each of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees, advertising and PR agencies, sponsors, advertisers, promotional partners, agents, representatives, and their successors and assigns, and all others connected with them and the contest (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all liability, claims, actions and damages sustained or incurred by participation in the contest and the receipt and use of any prize awarded (if any) through such contest arising in any manner whatsoever.
e. Contest winners (and their guests or travel companions, if any) may be required in the Station’s sole discretion, to sign a liability release and a publicity release. A winner (or his/her parent or legal guardian if under the age of 18 years) must execute and return any required release within five (5) business days from notification or winner will be disqualified and the prize will be forfeited. An alternate winner may be chosen by random selection. Pursuant to the liability release, the winners will agree to hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize or participation in the contest. Any contestant (or his/her parent or legal guardian, if applicable) who refuses to sign any required release will forfeit any and all prizes.
f. The Station will be excused from its obligation to conduct the contest if its performance is delayed or prevented due to causes beyond its control, including, but not limited to acts of God, public enemies, war, civil disorder, fire, flood, hurricanes, explosion, labor disputes or strikes, and any acts by any governmental authority.
g. The Station, its licensee, affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporation, sponsors, advertisers and promotional partners, and their assigns and successors are not responsible for failure to conduct or for alterations to the contest due to circumstances beyond the control of any such entity.
h. Decisions of Station management with respect to the contest are final.
i. The Station reserves the right to end any contest or amend these rules upon announcement on air or publication on the Station website.
j. The Station reserves the right to make changes to the rules of the contest, including the substitution of a prize or prizes of equivalent or greater value, which will become effective upon announcement.
k. The Station is not responsible for any prizes or certificates lost or stolen after the winner has claimed them from the Station.
l. Prizes are awarded ‘as is’ with no guarantees or warranties as to use. Acceptance of a prize releases the Station, its sponsors, promotional partners and advertisers from all liability and claims concerning the prize, its delivery, and its use.
m. The Station is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the contest or in the announcement of a prize. The Station is not responsible for (i) lost, stolen, mutilated, misdirected, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries; (ii) telephone or mobile service outages, delays, busy signals, facsimile transmission errors, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from completing his/her telephone call or from sending a text message (if applicable, message and data rates may apply, and the Station is not responsible for any fees incurred by an entrant for this method of entry); (iii) entries not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technical difficulties.
n. By participating in this contest, contestants agree to be bound by these rules. Failure to comply with the contest rules may result in a contestant’s disqualification, at the sole discretion of the Station.
o. Contestants are required to provide truthful information as part of their entry and the Station will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent. The Station will disqualify any entry from contestants who do not meet the eligibility requirements and the Station will also delete any online entry if it learns that it was submitted by contestants under the age of 13.
p. Any materials submitted become the property of the Station and will not be returned.
q. No purchase is necessary. The contest is void where prohibited. Contests and promotions are subject to all federal, state and local laws.
s. Copies of the written contest rules and a list of all winners are available during regular business hours at the main studio of the Station, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Station.
- TELEPHONE CONTESTS
a. The Station cannot be held responsible for allegations of telephone malfunctions. The Station is not responsible for callers lost or disconnected before completing his or her prize claim. When a caller is lost or disconnected prior to broadcast, the Station can, at its discretion, select the next eligible caller received to win/participate. The Station is not responsible for any lost connections, miscommunications, failed computer or telephone transmissions, equipment or other technical failure or service interruptions. The Station is not responsible for any carrier or server delays or failures.
- TEXT CONTESTS
a. You understand, acknowledge and agree that no purchase is necessary to participate in any text-to-win contest or subscribe to any text club, and that texts sent by the Station are sent using an automated telephone dialing system. By initiating a text message to the Station in this contest, you also expressly consent to the receipt of a reply message confirming your entry and notification via text if you are selected to be a winner. You also understand, acknowledge and agree that reply messages from the Station may contain advertising and marketing messages, which support this free service.
b. Message and data rates may be charged by your wireless carrier. The Station is not responsible for any fees incurred by you for this method of entry.
c. Entrants to this contest do not provide detailed personal information at the time of entry given the limitations of the text message format, but must provide all requested information if selected as a winners, including first name and last name, complete postal address (street, city, state, and zip code), email address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number (if required by law and federal tax reporting requirements), and verification of identity (such as a valid government-issued ID).
d. All entrants must follow the “call to action” entry instructions and submit any requested information. If you change your mind regarding the subscription to the text club, you should text the word “STOP” to the designated short code when you receive the confirmation message. You may opt-out to a text club at any time.
e. Text message and any mobile device entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the mobile account submitted at the time of entry. The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to the text or mobile telephone number by a telecommunications provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning such numbers. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same text or mobile telephone number. Only text messages individually generated by wireless devices such as cellular or smart telephones and Blackberries will be accepted; use of any device to automate entry is prohibited and will be cause for disqualification. Proof of submission of an entry from the entrant shall not be deemed proof of receipt by the Station. The contest/sweepstakes administrator’s telephone system or text platform is the official time keeping device for the contest.
f. The Station is not responsible for any lost connections, miscommunications, failed computer or telephone transmissions, equipment or other technical failure, service interruptions, carrier or server delays or failures. The Station is not responsible for mis-sent, misdirected, or undeliverable text entries, and votes cannot be recalled once sent.
- INTERNET RULES
a. The Station is not responsible for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the Internet, service outages or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches.
b. Contest participants using the Internet must provide a valid email address.
c. The Station and sponsors are not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone or other transmission failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; or incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions whether caused by the Station, users, by any equipment or programming utilized in promotions, games or contests, or by human error which may occur in the processing of submissions, which may limit a participant’s ability to participate.
d. The Station reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend a promotion, game or contest should a virus, bug, computer or other problem beyond the control of the Station corrupt the administration, security or proper execution of game or contest. The Station, in its sole discretion, may award prizes to entries received by alternate means. All Internet participants agree to be bound by the specific contest rules, and the General Contest Rules appearing above.
e. To enter online, you must enter your first name and last name, complete address, city, state, zip code, home telephone number and a valid email address in the online entry form. One Internet entry per person and one Internet entry per email address. Internet entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to the email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible by assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address.
f. The Station, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the Station website or who is otherwise in violation of the rules. The Station further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.
- WHEN INTERNET CONTEST INVOLVES VOTING
a. Entrants may not attempt to obtain votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, by: (a) circumventing (or encouraging others to circumvent) any vote limits; (b) using any automated system to vote; (c) offering any inducements to others in exchange for votes; or (d) using proxy voting schemes in which anyone other than the actual person submits the vote. The Station, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to reject any votes that the Station has reason to believe were obtained through fraudulent or inappropriate means.
- WHEN CONTEST INVOLVES VOTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, INCLUDING FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND OTHERS
a. Use of multiple Facebook/Twitter/Instagram or other social medial accounts to enter contests is prohibited and will result in nullifying all votes from these accounts and /or disqualification from the contestant. The penalty will be determined at the sole discretion of the judge(s).
- FOR ENTRIES THAT INCLUDE SUBMITTING A VIDEO
a. Profanity or nudity is not permitted in video entries. The Station, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify and/or destroy any entry if or when it is discovered that such entry contains infringing, illegal, indecent or otherwise offensive material or if such entry contains material whose content is deemed at the sole discretion of the Station to be unsuitable for public viewing, performance or posting via the Internet.
b. Each contestant’s video entry must be his/her original creative work and/or property and must not contain copyrighted materials or any other materials which may be restricted, prohibited, or outlawed by Federal, state or local laws. Contestants are required to obtain a written release from all individuals appearing in the video which grants the right to use their name, likeness and recorded voice and the right to post the video on the Station’s website for the general public to view. Each contestant agrees to hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize and/or contest, including but not limited to an infringement or alleged infringement of any intellectual property, publicity or privacy right, or violation of any law or regulation, involving the video entry.
- FOR ENTRIES THAT INCLUDE SUBMITTING A PHOTO
a. Nudity is not permitted in photo entries. The Station, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify and/or destroy any entry if or when it is discovered that such entry contains infringing, illegal, indecent or otherwise offensive material or if such entry contains material whose content is deemed at the sole discretion of the Station to be unsuitable for public viewing, performance or posting via the Internet.
b. Each contestant’s photo entry must be his/her original creative work and/or property and must not contain copyrighted materials or any other materials, which may be restricted, prohibited, or outlawed by Federal, state or local laws. Contestants are required to obtain a written release from all individuals appearing in the photo which grants the Station the right to use their name, likeness and recorded voice and the right to post the photo on the Station’s website for the general public to view. Each contestant agrees to hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize and/or contest, including but not limited to an infringement or alleged infringement of any intellectual property, publicity or privacy right, or violation of any law or regulation, involving the photo entry.
- FOR CONTESTS PROMOTED ON STATION FACEBOOK PAGE
a. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By submission of an entry, a contestant releases Facebook from any responsibility or liability of the Contest’s administration, prizes or promotion. Contestants are providing entry information to the Station and not to Facebook.
- FOR CONTESTS PROMOTED ON INSTAGRAM
a. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. By submission of an entry, a contestant releases Instagram from any responsibility related to the Contest.
- FOR CONTESTS PROMOTED ON STATION TWITTER PROFILE
a. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter. By submission of an entry, contestant release Twitter from any responsibility related to the Contest.