The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com welcomes the opportunity to recognize deserving members of our area school districts through our annual Make The Grade project, which we launch today.

We will be selecting outstanding teachers, teens and younger students, as well as members of the administration, support staff and volunteers at schools in Summit County.

We will pick two weekly winners from nominations, which come from the school districts, in one of the four categories: Amazing Teachers, Difference Makers, Kids of Character and Teens of Character. The winners’ photos will be published weekly throughout the school year.