Virginians can send special thank-you notes to celebrate
Teacher Appreciation Week in May
Most people remember that special teacher or teachers who helped spark their imagination and learning. That’s the idea behind the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign.
For the seventh year, the Lottery, in partnership with The Supply Room and Virginia PTA, is encouraging Virginians to send special thank-you notes to recognize K-12 public school teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2 – 6, 2022).
The thank-you notes feature artwork designed by three Virginia public school students. The designs were submitted in a statewide competition and the winners were selected by a distinguished group of art educators and community members. Those three winners, one each from elementary, middle and high school, are:
- Nitha Nithin, a 4th grader at Coventry Elementary School in York County
- Jocelyn Turman, a 7th grader at Edward Drew Middle School in Stafford County
- Giello Albert Capate, a senior at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg
Qualifying teachers who receive a thank-you note can enter a drawing for a chance to win a Virginia vacation from the Virginia Lottery and $2,500 in supplies for their school from The Supply Room. This year, thanks to added support from its gaming partners IGT and NeoPollard Interactive, the Lottery will double the number of winners from previous years and award four lucky teachers with this prize!
“Teachers are at the heart of the Lottery’s role to support K-12 public education in Virignia, and we love the opportunity to celebrate all their hard work through the Thank a Teacher campaign,” said Virginia Lottery Acting Executive Director Kelly Gee. “We are excited to be awarding four lucky teachers with a much-deserved vacation and supplies for their school, courtesy of our partner at The Supply Room.”
To send a digital thank-you note, or to request hard copy notes for your school, please visit www.thankateacherva.com. Hard-copy notes also are available through participating PTA chapters and all Virginia Lottery customer service centers. Digital notes must be sent by May 6, 2022. Teachers have until May 13, 2022, to enter the drawing.
Authorized by Virginia voters in a successful 1987 referendum, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, lottery customers helped generate more than $765 million in funding for public education. For more information, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. With all gaming, please remember to play responsibly.