|23 West Virginia Teachers Earn Arch Coal 'Golden Apples'|
Charleston, W.Va. (April 10, 2007) - Twenty-three West Virginia classroom teachers have earned Golden Apple awards from the Arch Coal Foundation, according to John R. Snider, Arch Coal, Inc. vice president for external affairs.
Last month, the Arch Coal Foundation gave Teacher Achievement Awards to 12 outstanding West Virginia teachers, Snider reported.
"The teachers receiving the Golden Apple awards are outstanding in every respect and finished closely behind those who received the achievement awards," Snider said. "Our judges - teachers who have received the achievement award in the past - had a very difficult task in determining this year's recipients. There were many superior applications.
"I hope that the Golden Apple recipients will apply again, because they narrowly missed being selected for the achievement awards," Snider said. "It is reassuring to Arch Coal and the business community that West Virginia's children are in good hands in their classrooms. The state is fortunate to have so many talented teachers."
The Golden Apple recipients are:
The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program is the longest running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in the state. Teachers are nominated by the public and selected by award-winning teachers. The awards program is supported by the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and its West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education, and the West Virginia Library Commission.
Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the nation's largest coal producers. The company's core business is providing U.S. power generators with clean-burning, low-sulfur coal for electric generation. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies the fuel for approximately 6 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.