TOPEKA, KAS. — Innovative educators who teach baking have an opportunity to win $1,000 and a trip to the Home Baking Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., this fall. Each year the H.B.A. has recognized outstanding educators for their creative programs for teaching youth to bake.

Classroom educators and community youth organization program leaders who teach baking are eligible to enter. Students who have developed baking programs that teach other youth to bake also are invited to enter.

The H.B.A. annually provides national recognition for educators that implement outstanding, interdisciplinary baking education programs. The 2008 Educator Award winner was Julie Ratchford, Midlothian, Va. Ms. Ratchford, who works with preschool children, entered "Bakeworks — Preschool Enrichment and Community Service through Scratch Baking."

Additional information and an application form may be found on the H.B.A. web site, The deadline for entries is March 31.