Design a Thank-You Note for Virginia Teachers

If your child is artistic and thoughtful, they could design a ‘thank-you note’ that will be in the hands of thousands of teachers across the state of Virginia.

The Virginia Lottery is expanding its “Thank a Teacher” campaign by adding an art contest for K-12 students enrolled in Virginia’s public schools.

The Thank a Teacher Art Contest is looking for student artists to design the’ thank-you notes’ that will be distributed to teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7 – 11.

They will accept submissions online from K-12 public school students, with permission from a guardian, from Jan. 2 – Feb. 2

Winners will be selected from three levels: elementary school, middle school and high school. The winners will each receive a $150 gift card, win $1,000 for their school’s art department, have the opportunity to attend the Thank a Teacher campaign kickoff event in the Spring, and have their original artwork featured on thousands of 2018 thank-you notes distributed across the Commonwealth.

Entries for the art contest will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel of various members of the arts community in Virginia, and winning designs will be revealed in March. For more information about the Thank a Teacher Art Contest eligibility requirements, design criteria, prize structure and submission guidelines, visit