TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A program to reward educators for their work in the classroom is expanding.
Since 1999, the CREATE Foundation has awarded the Teachers of Distinction honor to area teachers and teacher's assistants.
On Wednesday, the Association for Excellence in Education announced it would put an additional $10,000 into the program under a partnership with CREATE.
The cash awards are given to educators following a review process that involves nominations for people in the community.
The partnership will make funds available to honor up to 22 teachers and three teacher assistants each year.
Teachers can receive up to $1,000 and teacher assistants can receive up to $500.
Nominations can be made until May 31 at the www.createfoundation.com.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony in September.