First Lady McAuliffe Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week at Suffolk School

Virginia’s first lady Dorothy McAuliffe celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Day at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School in Suffolk.

Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary was the only Hampton Roads location on her tour. Mack Benn Jr. Elementary Principal David LeFevre and Jacqueline Chavis were there representing Suffolk Public Schools.

She and the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia PTA are partnering to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by pledging to thank as many Virginia K-12 teachers as possible for their hard work.

The “Thank a Teacher” campaign encourages the public to participate by sending thank-you notes to K-12 school teachers they value, beginning today and ending on Friday, May 6. Qualifying teachers who receive a thank-you note can enter a drawing for a chance to win a memorable Virginia vacation through a partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Postcard notes are available through participating PTA chapters, all Virginia Lottery Customer Service Centers, and thank-you note writing stations at select Virginia Lottery retailers. Digital thank-you notes and more information about the writing station locations across the state are available at


Watch the video of Ms. McAuliffe’s visit below.