Venus Williams Reunites with Her First Grade Educator for National Teacher Appreciation Month

May 3, 2017 | Share this article

May 1 kicks off National Teacher Appreciation Month and to celebrate The California Lottery, which gave $1.5 Billion last year to the state’s public schools, has created the #ThankATeacher campaign. The campaign is designed to encourage the public to take a moment and post a message on social media thanking teachers that made a difference in their lives.

Tennis superstar Venus Williams chose to shine a spotlight on her beloved first grade teacher, Ms. Judy Vellegas, of Mark Twain Elementary School in Lynwood, California.

Williams, who lived in California until sixth grade when she moved to Palm Beach, Florida, was a student in Ms. Vellegas’ first grade class in 1986/1987. Ms. Vellegas, who has been teaching at Mark Twain Elementary for 34 years now, was shocked and deeply touched when Williams chose to honor her.

California Lottery’s Back To The Start video with Venus Williams and Ms. Judy Vellegas. Directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker. Produced by Digital Creative Agency, Mediabrands Society:

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