Every now and again a special educator comes along who is able to make a lasting impact on a student.

With that very thought in mind, Reading Escapades is conducting a writing contest open to everyone for "The World's Greatest Teacher".

The contest is a chance to thank that special teacher, and have them noticed to let them know how special they are, according to Christine Allen, proprietor.

"The teacher can be a school teacher, coach, Sunday School teacher, really anyone who has made a difference in a child's life," Allen said. "Many teachers and coaches not only inspire our children, but make parents feel comfortable knowing their child is in good hands."

Students of all ages are invited to submit an essay (up to 300 words) on why his or her teacher or coach deserves to be recognized, Allen said. The staff of Reading Escapades will review the essays and vote on a winner, said Allen, who added the writer and honoree will each receive a $40 gift certificate to Reading Escapades, to use toward classes, camps, or retail items.

Essays will be judged on content and the characteristics of the teacher/coach, not solely on writing skills, Allen said. Parents may help younger students who are not yet able to write on their own, said Allen, who added that parents are also welcome to submit essays.

Anyone who would like to participate in the contest may send their submission to info@read2day.com, or drop it off at a Reading Escapades location.

Reading Escapades is located at 222 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, and the Bott Building, 616 North Street in Jim Thorpe.