METRO DETROIT (PATCH) — Everyone has a teacher who inspired them. Whether it was through an interaction that led to an interest in a specific academic subject or a relationship that helped shape who they are today, teachers across the United States make a positive difference on a daily basis.

Teachers around Metro Detroit are no different, and Barnes & Noble is giving high school students a chance to celebrate a special educator in their lives.

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The American bookseller company is holding its “My Favorite Teacher Contest” throughout February. The contest, open to high school students age 14 and older, invites participants to send in a letter, poem or essay about the teacher who influenced and inspired them the most.

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The winner of the “Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year” award will receive $5,000 and be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will also receive $5,000.

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