Our recent social contest, Classroom Cash, was a big hit, with over 11,000 votes cast via Facebook. The contest highlighted beloved local teachers and their dedication to their students’ education and classroom curriculum.

At Genz-Ryan Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, we appreciate our Minnesota teachers, and we’re inspired by their motivation to improve their student’s lives daily. That’s why we decided to give back to these amazing mentors.

Rebecca Goossens, 1st Place Winner of Genz-Ryan's Teacher Giveaway

Rebecca Goossens, 1st Place Winner

We received submissions for 63 teachers in all different cities.

Some teachers were characterized by their nominators for selfless love, giving them the ability to see “every child as an individual and bring them to their highest potential” (Renee K.).

Others were recognized for their hard work and charitable features. Krystyna B. from Rochester Public School described her teacher as “very good and caring. He creates new and very thought-out lessons based on what he sees his students need improving on… He deserves this so much.”

Initially, we planned to crown two special winners, determined by reactions from the Facebook posts, and give each $500.

Classroom Cash 2nd place winner

Tanya Olson, 2nd Place Winner

Little did we know, however, that this contest would blow up into a barrage of sweet testimonials!

This inspired us to go above and beyond, just as these teachers do.

In the end, our 1st place winner received more than 1,300 votes, 2nd place received 872 votes, and several others were close behind.

We decided to extend the gracious offer and show the teachers our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our children. Thus, we awarded each runner-up participant $200!

It was wonderful to see the community come together and express gratitude to the teachers responsible for educating the next generation.