Local fifth grader's art going on postcards for 40,000 Virginia teachers
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A fifth grader at Brownsville Elementary School won a prize from the Virginia Lottery on Thursday.
Leah Salzburg won $200 for herself and $2,000 for the school’s art program through Virginia Lottery's Thank a Teacher Art Contest.
Out of 400 elementary schoolers in the Commonwealth, Leah's art will be printed on postcards to send to Virginia teachers for teacher appreciation week.
Lottery representatives, her parents, teachers, classmates and Sen. Creigh Deeds surprised her at school.
The card reads '”rom the beaches to the mountains to the valleys and everywhere in between, Virginia students thank you.”
“It let's them know that we really appreciate their help to our schools," Leah said, "I want to make them look like we all love each other because this Virginia community is a great community."
She said she always gives her artwork away, and now it'll go to 40,000 teachers.
Virginia Lottery and The Supply Room also awarded $2,000 dollars to the Brownsville art department.
"We actually needed some new art supplies, and I feel like I can make even better art with the new art supplies," Leah said.
Her teachers said they're very thankful and proud.
"She is somebody whose very excited about art and she's very creative and loves to come up with her own ideas and her own twists to things. Some of those cool projects they can work on, it takes money," said art teacher Tetyana Hoppel-Tollison.
Teacher appreciation week is May 8-12.