Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local elementary school teacher is recognized as a hometown hero.
Kate Luke is a teacher at Benjamin Franklin Elementary.
During halftime of the Binghamton University/Vermont basketball game Sunday afternoon, she was named the winner of the Dunkin' Donuts Hometown Hero Contest after being nominated by two former students.
"It really means a lot to me that my former students think so highly of me and it's an honor everyday to work with them and inspire them," said Luke.
The prize honors a local educator every year with a years worth of coffee.
Luke has been working at Benjamin Franklin for more than a decade.
She said she loves her job at the school and calls her students her motivation.
The Hometown Hero contest has been around for three years.