DATE: May 4, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

Teacher Appreciation Week in Virginia May 7-11, 2018

On behalf of the Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education, I am pleased to announce that Governor Ralph S. Northam designated May 7-11, 2018, as Teacher Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I hope that you and others throughout your community will join me in acknowledging the commitment, enthusiasm, caring, professionalism and compassion our teachers extend to their students every day.

Teachers are vital to the growth and development of our children and to the future of our Commonwealth.  Virginia takes great pride in recognizing and celebrating the impact teachers make in communities across the state. The Department of Education will be sharing #ThankATeacherVA messages all week long, in support of the national celebration. The Thank A Teacher campaign, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Parent Teacher Association (PTA), has a new and artistic twist.  The thank-you notes will feature artwork by three Virginia public school students.

Thank you notes are available through participating PTA chapters and all Virginia Lottery Customer Service Centers.  Go to ThankATeacherVA: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. for digital thank-you notes and more information about the campaign.

Our goal is to show appreciation by joining with our partners, parents, and students to send messages of appreciation to public school teachers across the Commonwealth during this special week.  I hope that you and everyone in your community will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by planning special events and taking some time to #ThankATeacherVA next week. 

For additional information, please contact Leah Walker, Community and Minority Affairs Liaison, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, via email at Email link. or by telephone at (804) 225-3304.