Reds honor local All-Star teacher

CINCINNATI -- Rachel Blanks of Dayton, Ohio will represent the Cincinnati Reds at the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis on July 15 as one of 30 winners of the "Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" campaign. The honor is presented jointly by MLB, Target and Time, Inc. to current and retired teachers that impact their students and communities.

Blanks teaches at Wogaman 5-8 School in the Dayton Public Schools system. She also designed and operates a Youth Entrepreneurs program that teaches basic business principles to children so that they can start their own small businesses.

Blanks will join 29 other winners representing the other Major League clubs at Target Field for an on-field ceremony prior to the All-Star Game. During the ceremony, Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will perform the song "Forever Young," written by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a native of Minnesota.

Fans across the country cast their votes on AllStarTeachers.com, selecting the 30 winners out of a pool of 90 finalists. Several celebrities such as Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on the television show Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, who plays a teacher on the show Glee and is a Mets fan; and Extra TV's AJ Calloway, a Yankees fan whose mother is a retired principal and whose sister is currently a principal, joined Carlos Beltran of the Yankees and Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers as "All-Star Teachers" Ambassadors for the program.

For more information, updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game, fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball.

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.