Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels have selected Miami fifth grader Nicole De Barros Moraes of Southside Elementary School, located in the Brickell area, as one of 10 national winners of the “A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney” awards competition, hosted in partnership with AirTran Airways and Walt Disney World to honor outstanding teachers.
Winning essays were selected based on overall content, grammar and heart.
De Barros Moraes submitted an essay nominating her reading/language arts/social studies teacher Linnette Vasquez as an “A+ Teacher” because she is a missionary teacher in Haiti where she volunteers to train educators, in addition to her work at Southside Elementary.
“She loves doing volunteer jobs to help people,” said De Barros Moraes in her winning essay. “And she makes learning fun. She deserves much more than just an A+.”
De Barros Moraes and Vasquez each are being honored with a vacation prize package consisting of:
• Four-day/three-night accommodations for four people at one of the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels;
• Four free Walt Disney World oneday, one-park passes;
• Four free tickets to the DisneyQuest indoor interactive theme park, and
• Complimentary breakfast for four people at the host hotel each day.
The more than 1,100 contest entrants from across the country praised their teachers for hard work, mentoring, a sense of humor, engaging lesson plans, dedication, patience, and sincere concern for their students. Their essays relate tales of educators who stand out with their unique teaching and ability to connect with students.
“Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are delighted to once again honor 10 students and their teachers who truly are standout educators making a difference in our schools every day,” said Laurence Richardson, chair of the organization’s marketing committee. “We’re thrilled with the entries we received in our nationwide contest, and we look forward to hosting our 10 lucky winners and their teachers in the coming months.” Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels is a consortium of seven official Walt Disney World Resort hotels that includes Best Western, Holiday Inn, Doubletree Guest Suites, Hilton, Royal Plaza, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, and the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista.
With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, more than 3,600 rooms and scores of amenities, they offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, these properties are within walking distance of some of the area’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.
Guests staying at these “Official Walt Disney World” hotels receive special privileges not available at hotels outside of the Disney Resort, such as:
• Complimentary transportation to all four Disney theme parks, two of Disney’s water parks and Downtown Disney every 30 minutes;
• Advanced tee times and discounts at all four Disney championship golf courses;
• Disney’s Extra Magic Hours (at select hotels), and
• Delivery of souvenirs purchased at the parks directly to their hotel room at no cost.
To make a reservation, visit online at www.downtowndisneyhotels.com.