Three Delaware County teachers, including one from Grove Public Schools, were honored by Arvest Bank officials during the "We Love OK Teachers" campaign.

The local winners included Angie Duff, Grove High School, Shayla Barnes, Jay Elementary, and Susan Snell, Kansas Middle School.

Each teacher received $500 for supplies to further the education of their students.

“Arvest is so happy to help support all of our award recipients,” Arvest Community Bank President Case Barnwell said. “Teachers work tirelessly to shape and educate the children of Oklahoma, and we are grateful for their efforts. We hope these prizes can make their jobs a little easier.”

Duff was nominated because she "always puts sutdents first". Her nominations noted she "works endless hours on school floats, proms, and art exhibits. She is a very talented, caring individual. She teaches art and reaches out to each student in just the way they need. She encourages them to express their own uniqueness through art with love and kindness."

Barnes' nomination included "she has a love and a gift for teaching, and in turn the children have a love and excitement to learn."

Snell's nominations noted: "A highly qualified and compassionate teacher and coach, Susan Snell takes pride in teaching and challenging students to become active and resourceful learners while also facing the economic challenges of classroom teaching with dedication to, and strong advocacy for all learners."

Barnwell said the Arvest initiative was designed to honor educators from a pool of more than 90 communities throughout the state by awarding more than $15,000 in prize money. Arvest officials note the awards come at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut.