Teachers: Share your inspiration
CONCORD – The New Hampshire Lottery and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway are teaming up for the "Race to Succeed" Challenge, which gives teachers an opportunity to win $5,000 and a classroom visit from a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver – all for sharing their most significant teaching "aha moment." To enter the Race to Succeed Challenge, any kindergarten through grade six teacher must describe their most inspiring educational moment. Entries must be received by Aug. 14. The winner will also receive an additional $1,000 to be used in his or her classroom.
The personal "aha moment" could be a flash of inspiration from a student, insight into why they teach, recognition of a job well done, or simply an instance when a student ‘got it,’ and truly understood the concept at hand. Entries will be reviewed by a committee comprised of New Hampshire Lottery and New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials and the winning entrant will be chosen at New Hampshire Lottery Headquarters in Concord.
"This is an opportunity for educators to really think about those critical moments in their careers, those times where all their hard work and all their creative thinking came together perfectly," said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
A NASCAR Sprint Cup driver will visit the winning teacher’s classroom, and will either read to the class or discuss his or her success on the track. Gov. Maggie Hassan will also be invited to take part in the visit. Nine runners-up will be rewarded with $250 each for their classrooms.
"In 300 laps around our speedway, NASCAR drivers have an ability to tell an amazing story that finishes with an ‘Aha, moment’ in victory lane. Imagine what a teacher can do with 500 words," said David McGrath, vice president of corporate sales for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "The ‘Race to Succeed’ Challenge is the latest example of the amazing partnership we have with the New Hampshire Lottery in an effort to raise money and awareness for the education system here in New Hampshire."
Please send entries via email to Maura McCann at the New Hampshire Lottery Commission at maura.mccann@lottery. nh.gov. Please limit responses to 500 words.