Virginia Lottery Launches Thank a Teacher Art Contest | Sunday stories


Pablo Picasso once said: “Every child is an artist”. Building on that sentiment, the Virginia Lottery, in partnership with The Supply Room and Virginia PTA, launched its fifth annual Thank a Teacher Art Contest.

All K-12 students enrolled in Virginia Public Schools are encouraged to create artwork and enter the contest for a chance to have the artwork appear on thank you notes that will be distributed to thousands of teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

The art competition will be accepting online submissions at through January 31. The winners will be selected at three levels: primary, middle school and high school.

Each winner’s school will receive $1,000 from The Supply Room and $1,000 from the Virginia Lottery. Winning artists will receive a $150 Visa® gift card in addition to having the winning original artwork featured on thank you notes distributed throughout Virginia.

Thank a Teacher is a statewide campaign organized by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with The Supply Room and the Virginia PTA. Each year, these partners encourage students, parents, and the general public to send thank you notes to Virginia public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. To date, Virginians have sent over 100,000 thank you notes. These notes each include a unique web code that teachers can use for a chance to win a Virginia-themed vacation.

Art competition entries will be judged by a jury of diverse members of Virginia’s art community, and the winning designs will be revealed in March. For more information on the Thank a Teacher art contest eligibility requirements, design criteria, prize structure, and submission guidelines, visit

The Virginia Lottery generates more than $2 million a day for K-12 public schools in Virginia. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, lottery customers helped generate more than $766 million in funding for public education.

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