The Venice Chamber of Commerce will honor several Venice school teachers at its inaugural waVe Awards at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at James’ Beach, 60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice.

The theme of the awards ceremony is “Creative Engagement.” The teachers were nominated and selected by their peers for creatively engaging their students. Many of the elections were very close, according to the chamber of commerce.

In addition, numerous local businesses have donated gifts for the teachers honored. The Venice Chamber of Commerce hopes to make the waVe Awards an annual tradition in the community.

The following teachers from seven Venice schools will be honored at the first annual waVe Awards:

Westside Global AwarenessMagnet – Wendy Green;

Coeur d’Alene Elementary – Adrianna Mackavoy;

Walgrove Elementary – Lisa Laichtman;

Mark Twain Middle School – Daniel Buccieri; Beethoven Elementary – Barbara Sandler;

Westminster Elementary – Melisa Lauer; and

Broadway Elementary – Steven Butts.