Gloucester County Teacher Wins Free Vacation

Kristin Steele (holding the large card) is congratulated by (left to right) Principal Trish Hudgins, Superintendent Dr. Walter Clemons and the Virginia Lottery’s Jill Vaughan. Photo Courtesy: Virginia Lottery

A teacher at Botetourt Elementary School in Gloucester County won a free vacation from the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign. 

Third grade teacher Kristin Steele was one of two teachers who won the special vacation prize out of 6,500 that submitted their thank-you notes for the Virginia Lottery’s drawing.

Virginia Lottery officials surprised Steele, and the second teacher who won in Smyth County, on Wednesday with the news that she had won.

Steele gets to pick between a beach-lovers, mountain-lovers or wine-lovers theme for her four-day, three-night vacation.

The Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign was held during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7 through May 11. During the week, over 35,000 thank-you notes were sent to electronically and physically to public school teachers across the state by their students, parents or other citizens.

The cards featured artwork from three students who submitted their designs in the Virginia Lottery’s contests, including a student from Newport News. 

Teachers who received the special thank-you notes entered the drawing with the unique code found on the note. They had the chance to win one of two Virginia-themed vacations, one of four round-trip Amtrak tickets to anywhere in the northeast corridor or a $500 VISA gift card.