Arch Coal Foundation launches 2011-2012 Teacher Achievement Awards Program; asks public to nominate a ‘star’ Wyoming teacher now

The Arch Coal Foundation is once again giving Wyoming residents an opportunity to recognize the state’s star teachers, according to Greg Schaefer, vice president, external affairs, western region, for Arch Coal, Inc.

“The Foundation is pleased that its Teacher Achievement Awards Program is now recognized as Wyoming’s longest running, privately sponsored, statewide teacher-recognition effort,” said Schaefer. The program, now in its 12th year, will make $3,500 personal, cash awards to 10 Wyoming teachers.

Including its teacher awards program, Arch Coal and its Foundation support $1.4 million in education-related programs and charitable giving each year. Details about the Foundation’s signature teacher awards and grant programs are posted online at www.archteacherawards.com.

“Since the program’s creation, Arch Coal has rewarded 110 outstanding classroom teachers throughout Wyoming,” said Schaefer. “It all starts with community nominations from students, parents, family and friends representing all parts of the community and all walks of life.”

The teachers’ applications are judged by a blue-ribbon panel of former award recipients, with announcement of awardees typically made in the spring, near the close of the school year. Longstanding supporters of the program are the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, the Wyoming library community, Taco John’s and Loaf ’N Jug stores.

The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition and grant programs in West Virginia, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) is a top five global coal producer and marketer, with 179 million tons of coal sold pro forma in 2010. Arch is the most diversified American coal company, with mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. Arch’s core business is supplying cleaner-burning, low-sulfur thermal and metallurgical coal to power generators and steel manufacturers on four continents. Arch’s Wyoming operations – Thunder Basin Coal Company’s Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines and Arch of Wyoming – have a combined workforce of more than 1,700.

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