UPDATE: Jack Black & Debbie Devine will ride on the Farmer’s Thank a Million Teachers float in the 2015 Rose Parade!
Farmers Insurance announced that actor Jack Black will join the insurer’s annual float entry into the iconic Rose Parade on January 1, 2015. The “Dream Big: World of Possibility” float is set to honor teachers across the country for the endless dreams and possibilities they inspire within students on a daily basis. Black will be joined by his longtime mentor and former teacher, Debbie Devine of 24thStreet Theatre, as well as the five winners of the Thank A Million Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge, in a symbolic culmination of the inaugural Thank A Million Teachers program.
This year, not only will Farmer’s Insurance have a float to honor teachers in the Rose Parade, but he and Debbie will also be riding high on New Year’s Day! Jack also designed a cool shirt with his face and our logo, and all proceeds of this limited edition shirt benefit 24th ST!
December 2013: Farmers Insurance looks to thank and fund a million teachers with new grant program
Actor Jack Black reunites with his middle school teacher to show his appreciation as part of a new effort spearheaded by Farmers
Insurance. Schools looking for some extra cash this holiday season may want to check out Farmers Insurance’s new national grant initiative, which launched December 2013.
Actor Jack Black and his former drama teacher Debbie Devine, artistic director of 24th Street Theater, helped announce the $1 million grant program in West Hollywood. The campaign seeks to thank a million teachers and encourages people to nominate their teachers with thank you notes submitted online.
“My middle school teacher, Debbie Devine, had a profound, transformative effect on my life,” said Black, in a written statement. “I know students across the country have been inspired by educators in their own lives.”
To apply for grant funding, any K-12 teacher who has been nominated via an online thank you note can write a proposal of up to 1,000 characters and submit it online. Farmers Insurance will then select some of the proposals to be voted on online by the public.
Teachers are eligible for $2,500 in funding.
The website to thank a teacher went live. Teachers will be able to submit proposals beginning Jan. 1. 150 winners will be selected throughout 2014.
Watch the video, filmed at 24th ST Theatre:
A behind the scenes look at the press conference: