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Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Awards given out

25 April 2008

RICHMOND, Virginia -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- When it comes to super teachers, Virginia has them in abundance. Officials with the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies received concrete proof of that when they put out a call for nominations for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Awards. More then 1,800 nominations were submitted by the public before the April 11 deadline.

Eight winners, one from each of eight geographic regions of the state, will now be chosen from the nominees. Each award consists of a cash prize of $2,000 and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies. The winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:

-- Melissa Nehrbass, President of the Virginia PTA

-- James W. Dyke, Former Secretary of Education for Virginia

-- Hon. Flora Crittenden, Virginia House of Delegates, Ret.

-- Hon. Thomas M. Jackson, Jr., Virginia House of Delegates, Ret.

-- Richard E. Williams, Jr., Deputy Director of the Virginia Lottery

The judges will select the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations, each of which includes a short essay. Judges will look for nominations that show a teacher with passion and commitment to the teaching profession, innovation and creativity in the classroom and parental involvement. Winners will be announced between May 12 and May 23 in each winning teacher's hometown. Three non-winning teachers from around the state will win $500 Visa gift cards in a second-chance drawing.

Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been designated solely to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery has turned over more than $3.4 billion for Virginia's public schools, currently representing about 7 percent of annual state funding for public education in Virginia. In 19 years, the Lottery has awarded more than $10 billion in prizes to players and more than $1 billion in retailer commissions.

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