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Horace Mann rallies #TeachItForward movement to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 21, 2014) – Horace Mann encourages you to join its #TeachItForward movement during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9. Similar to the good deed campaign “Pay It Forward,” Horace Mann will be thanking those who #TeachItForward every day. 

“We all know educators who’ve made an impact,” says Horace Mann Social Media Director Kristi Hillyer. “Whether they sparked creativity, led you on an adventure or inspired you to excel, there’s the teacher who gave you that ‘a-ha’ moment.  We want you to recognize the teacher who made a difference for you or is making a difference for your children and the children of your community.”  

Students, parents and community members can join Horace Mann in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by using #TeachItForward on Twitter to thank an exceptional educator. Horace Mann will celebrate the spirit of the movement with these #TeachItForward activities: 

  • Horace Mann’s Teach It Forward giveaway (April 28 - May 9) Each day, Horace Mann will randomly select an educator who entered their Teach It Forward giveaway to receive a gift valued at $500 – and that educator will select another educator to surprise with a gift valued at $500, as well.  Details of the contest will be available on their Facebook page and on April 28.
  • Horace Mann’s Day of Donations - On National Teacher Day, May 6, Horace Mann will flash fund $25,000 in projects. They’ll fund randomly selected projects up to $1,000 per project; one project per teacher. Follow the funding on Twitter at #ThankYouTue. 
  • “I Teach It Forward!” featured educators –Visit or Horace Mann’s Facebook page during Teacher Appreciation Week to meet educators who inspire their classrooms, challenge their students and battle adversity to #TeachItForward.

Visit Horace Mann’s Facebook page or to find more details about their Teacher Appreciation Week activities.

About Horace Mann

Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN) is the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs. Horace Mann provides auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Ill. For more information about the company, visit

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