Okeechobee student's essay honors Above and “BEE”yond teacher

Posted 6/10/21

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar announced the winners of its fifth annual Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest, which recognized the work...

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Okeechobee student's essay honors Above and “BEE”yond teacher


ALLENDALE, NJ — Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar announced the winners of its fifth annual Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest, which recognized the work and dedication of top teachers* throughout Florida and Georgia, with a $500 sponsorship check to use toward their classroom for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The teachers were also rewarded with their choice of an end-of-year party at Applebee’s or in-classroom celebration for their current class or complimentary two dinner for four certificates, courtesy of Applebee’s. As an additional incentive, students who entered an essay were also rewarded with a free ice cream certificate for later use. The contest was held at local Applebee’s restaurants in Florida and Georgia owned and operated by local franchisee, Doherty Enterprises.

The Okeechobee County winner is Maribel Gonzalez of Seminole Elementary School and was awarded by Applebee’s of Okeechobee.

All teachers were nominated by their students, who submitted essays at their local Applebee’s explaining how their teacher goes above and “BEE”yond for their students, especially when tasked with navigating virtual learning amidst the pandemic. To select a winner from each district, contest submissions were then reviewed by the local Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar team.

“We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our fifth annual Above and BEEyond Teacher Essay Contest at our Florida and Georgia restaurants,” said Kathleen Malato, director of operations, Applebee’s Florida and Georgia. “Our restaurants are committed to giving back to the local community now more than ever, and we’re honored to help to support local schoolteachers who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic to transition between in-classroom teaching and online teaching. Applebee’s enjoys giving back to teachers in a way that involves their students, so we extend a big congratulations to our winners and offer these funds as a thank you for their hard work and dedication all year long.”

Applebee’s Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest entries were accepted at the following Applebee’s locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in Florida: Applebee’s is located in Boynton Beach, Cape Coral, Cutler Bay, Delray Beach, Florida City, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Greenacres, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Margate, Naples, North Port, Okeechobee, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Punta Gorda, Royal Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tamarac, Venice and Vero Beach and in Georgia: Waycross.