Thousands of Virginia educators received a thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign. One lucky Virginia teacher received that and a lot more! Laura Callahan, fifth grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County, won a four-day, three-night Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Callahan’s name was drawn from nearly 5,000 entries submitted by teachers who entered a special code from their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On May 24, Virginia Lottery officials surprised Callahan at her school with the good news. She now has a choice of taking a Virginia-themed mountain-lovers or wine-lovers vacation.
The award-winning Thank a Teacher campaign was held in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10). During that week, more than 50,000 thank-you notes were sent to Virginia K-12 public school teachers by their students, parents or other Virginians. The cards, which could be hard-copy or electronic, each had one of three pieces of artwork designed by Virginia elementary, middle and high school students in the Thank a Teacher Art Contest.
When teachers received the thank-you notes, they could use a unique web code on the note to enter for a chance to win the grand prize.
The Thank a Teacher campaign is a unique partnership between the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia PTA. It’s an initiative to celebrate those teachers whose hard work and inspiration have made a difference in so many lives.
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.
Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, more than $14 million in unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes went to Virginia’s Literary Fund in FY18 for school construction and technology upgrades. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.