7/8/2014 3:03 P.M. ET
Reds winner announced as part of MLB, Target and Time Inc.'s 'People' "All-Star Teachers" Program
Rachel Blanks of Dayton to be recognized in a special pre-game ceremony with a performance from Idina Menzel at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game
By / MLB.com
CINCINNATI (July 8, 2014) - Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) and PEOPLE today announced the 30 winners in the "Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.
Rachel Blanks of Dayton, Ohio has been selected by fans to represent the Cincinnati Reds.
Rachel teaches at Wogaman 5-8 School in the Dayton Public Schools. She is passionate about empowering youth to be successful. She received a $10,000 grant for her bakery business and designed a Young Entrepreneurs program to teach basic business principles helping kids develop their own small businesses. She was Employee of the Year for the entire state of Florida in 2011. This Reds fan sees every student as a blank canvas that, with hard work and dedication, can become a priceless work of art.
Rachel will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game -- Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis. As part of the pre-game ceremony, Tony-award winner Idina Menzel will perform the classic song "Forever Young" by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a Minnesota native.
Fans nationwide cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists. Additionally, Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX's Glee; and AJ Calloway of Extra TV, a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and sister is a current principal, served alongside New York Yankees Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez as "All-Star Teachers" Ambassadors to support the program.
Target presents "PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE's effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB Legends have attended 14 Target education-focused events in MLB communities throughout the first half of the season including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds, Michael Young, Edgar Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, Chad Tracy and John Smoltz.
Guests and fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.