Manila teacher receives the Rockin Apple Award

Thursday, April 15, 2004
Christie Veach, Manila fourth grade teacher, was presented the Rockin Apple Award. Pictured are Clear Channel Radio staff members, from left: Brandon Baxter, Pam Statler, Mrs. Veach, Tara Watts and Eric Erwin. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Christie Veach, fourth grade teacher at Manila Elementary, was awarded the Rockin Apple Award from the Clear Channel Radio group KFIN, KISS, The BUZZ, and KBTM.

A group from Clear Channel Radio Pam Statler, Brandon Baxter, Eric Erwin and Tara Watts, arrived at Manila School on Thursday with plenty of pizza, soft drinks and gifts for Mrs. Veach and her class.

Veach was nominated for the Rockin Apple Award by not only one of her students, but by five or six.

Statler presented Veach the award and commented on the excellent spelling and punctuation the students used in their recommendations.

"We appreciate good teachers and we came up with the Rockin Apple Award to recognize them," Statler said.

Gifts included a coffee mug, an audio tape of the commercial announcing Veach's selection, a gift certificate from a Jonesboro business, a Savings Bond, tee shirts, and a skating party for Veach and all of her students. She was presented an engraved plaque in the shape of an apple for her desk. Veach will be eligible for the grand prize drawing which will be two airline tickets to anywhere in the U.S.

Veach said she received the call announcing she had been selected on April 1 and she thought it was an April's Fool joke.

"I appreciate my good students," Veach said. "We will all have a great time at the skating party."

The students posed with the radio celebrities for photographs that will be placed on the website of all five stations.

The tape announcing Veach's win was played for the students. The students called her "cool, caring, and helping,"

Pam Castor, superintendent, was on hand to congratulate Veach.

"We are so pleased for this recognition for Mrs. Veach and proud to have her as part of Manila staff," Castor said.

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