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Battlefield High School freshman wins Virginia Lottery’s “Thank a Teacher” art contest

Isabel Lee, a freshman at Battlefield High School, is the high school winner of the Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest, according to a news release from Prince William County Schools.

“Battlefield is extremely proud to have such a talented young artist amongst our Bobcat family,” Battlefield High School Assistant Principal Chris Hintosh was quoted as saying in a news release. “Her artwork truly showcases her natural artistic ability.”

After receiving nearly 1,000 entries, Va. Lottery chose elementary, middle and high school winners who will have their artwork featured on thank-you notes that will be distributed to thousands of teachers across the Commonwealth during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018.

Thank a Teacher is a statewide campaign organized by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with the Virginia PTA and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In its first two years, Virginians distributed more than 70,000 thank-you notes as part of the Thank a Teacher campaign.

“All of us at the Lottery are proud of our key role in supporting Virginia’s K-12 public schools, so it’s really meaningful when we have the chance to celebrate our great teachers and their most creative students,” Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall was quoted as saying in a news release. “We’ve added a really interesting new component to the Thank a Teacher campaign, and it’s great to be able to incorporate the artistic talents of this remarkable group of students.”

In a surprise presentation, Isabel was awarded a $150 gift card and $1,000 for the Battlefield art department, and has been invited to attend the Thank a Teacher campaign kickoff event in the spring. Delegate Tim Hugo attended the presentation and presented Isabel with a flag flown over the State Capitol in Richmond, according to a member of Hugo’s staff. BHS is located in Del. Hugo’s district.

Lottery dollars are funding education programs statewide based on priorities set by the Governor and General Assembly each year, such as the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education and Career and Technical Education.

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