Art appreciation

Virginia Lottery Launches Fifth Annual ‘Thank a Teacher’ Art Contest

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Lottery is launching 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 competition is open until January 31. Local students can submit their work online at

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.

The winners will be selected at three levels: primary, middle school and high school. The school each winner attends will receive $1,000 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.

Last year, the Lottery practically surprised the three winning students: Sarah Saravanan1st grader at McNair Lower Elementary School in Fairfax County; Karmare Brownlee8and grader at Tabb Middle School in York County; and Andrew Gibson, senior at Gretna High School in Pittsylvania County. Their artwork has been shared on more than 30,000 digital and printed thank you notes as part of the 2021 Thank a Teacher campaign.