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Gift Responsibly - Lottery Tickets are Never for Children - 11/24/21

Nov. 24, 2021 - Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Lottery would like to remind everyone that no matter the time of year, you must be at least 18 years old to play Lottery games.

Each holiday season, Oregon Lottery ticket sales experience a spike as people buy tickets as stocking stuffers, gift tags and easy-to-give gifts. The holiday gift-giving season also provides the Lottery with an opportunity to share the message that if the gift is a Lottery ticket, be sure the gift’s recipient is at least 18 years old.

“While we put added emphasis on this during the holidays, it is simply part of how we promote our games year-round,” said Oregon Lottery Senior Marketing Product Manager Stacy Shaw, also a board member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling. “We believe that responsible gaming is for all customers, all the time.”

During this holiday season, the Oregon Lottery and lotteries worldwide are partnering with the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at Canada’s McGill University to promote giving lottery tickets responsibly. The Oregon Lottery has been part of this annual campaign for over a decade.

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential, and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $111 million in Lottery dollars has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment and awareness in Oregon.

 

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Sutherlin High School Ag Science Teacher Awarded Finalist 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year (Photo) - 11/09/21

(Sutherlin, OR) - The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to celebrate Sutherlin High School teacher Wes Crawford as a 2022 Teacher of the Year Finalist, and award both Wes and his school with a $2,000 cash prize!
Crawford was selected as one of four finalists for 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year, which was announced in September.
Crawford grew up in Sutherlin and attended Sutherlin High School. Today, he is the Agricultural Science and Technology teacher as well as an FFA Advisor. He has been teaching at Sutherlin High School for 14 years. In May, Crawford received recognition as Douglas ESD’s 2022 Regional Teacher of the Year, taking home a $500 cash prize.
“It's the mission of FFA to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing student potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education,” said Sutherlin High School Principal Jon Martz. “Wes Crawford fulfills this mission and is an intricate part of our school success. He forms positive relationships with students and encourages kids to learn new and challenging skills, while never sacrificing rigor and expectations.”
Serving a rural area of Oregon, Crawford stresses the importance of preparing students for their journeys after high school. “As someone who has students go down every possible option into a multitude of careers, it is on me as a teacher to make it clear that every purposeful path is valued and important,” Crawford noted in his application. “Creating an environment where students can be both challenged and grow ensures that every student, regardless of their prior experience, can be confident when it is time for them to interview for a scholarship, a college admittance, or a job.”
“As a parent, teacher, and community member, it is clear the vital and dynamic role our schools and teachers fulfill in the lives of our students and in our community,” Crawford explains further. “It is so evident how important this has been, and will continue to be a critical influence in the success of our communities’ futures. Our schools will nurture, support, elevate and prioritize the lives and needs of young people. They will be one of the most important influences of what it will look like for a community to thrive over time.”

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Carolyn Whitney Awarded as a 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year Finalist (Photo) - 11/05/21

(Frenchglen, OR) - The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to celebrate Frenchglen Elementary School teacher Carolyn Whitney as a 2022 Teacher of the Year Finalist, and award both Carolyn and her school with a $2,000 cash prize!


Whitney was selected as one of four finalists for 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year, which was announced in September.
Whitney has been teaching at Frenchglen Elementary School for 21 of her 27 total years of teaching. In her application, she stated that she was originally hired to teach 4th-8th grade students but has been the only teacher serving grades K-8 for the last four years. In May, Whitney received recognition as Harney ESD’s 2022 Regional Teacher of the Year, taking home a $500 cash prize.


“Carolyn represents the best in teachers and I have seen hundreds in my 30+ year career,” said Harney ESD Superintendent Shannon Criss. “Her tireless efforts to serve students in frontier rural school districts is amazing. Imagine teaching up to 10 different grade levels and all subjects each and every day of the school year. Students and staff make life-long connections with a teacher like Carolyn. She is like family and that is because her dedication and commitment to excellence is seen daily; and you can't hide good teaching like that!”


Serving a rural area of Oregon, Whitney stresses the importance of connecting students and their education with the community. 

“One of the first things I noticed about this community are the character traits of problem-solving abilities and helping your neighbors. I have been able to promote and encourage these traits in my classroom,” she noted in her application. “They build each other up and are a part of the positive, learning classroom culture that they bring to their community.”


“My students have learned many things beyond a traditional education as they have learned how to be a part of a community by working together, encouraging each other, understanding that there are things that happen behind the scenes that contribute to the success of each and every community, be it Frenchglen School Community, the Frenchglen Community, and the Rural Harney County Community,” she explains further. “They understand that personal integrity and character are evident in everything.”

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Parkrose Teacher Awarded as a 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year Finalist (Photo) - 11/02/21

Kerryn Henderson Awarded as a 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year Finalist
(Portland, OR) - The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to celebrate Parkrose High School teacher Kerryn Henderson as a 2022 Teacher of the Year Finalist, and award both Kerryn and her school with a $2,000 cash prize!
Henderson was selected as one of four finalists for 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year, which was announced in September.
Henderson has been teaching at Parkrose High School for 11 of her 15 total years of teaching. Henderson teaches Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID), a support program to prepare students for college eligibility and success, in addition to serving as an Instructional Coach and one of two AVID Site Coordinators. In May, Henderson received recognition as Multnomah ESD’s 2022 Regional Teacher of the Year, taking home a $500 cash prize.
"Ms. Henderson holds high standards for both her students and herself,” said Parkrose High School Principal Molly Ouche. “The results of these high expectations are visible in her instructional strategies, her lessons and the academic success her students consistently experience. Additionally, she is committed to equity and designs instruction through a social justice lens, providing opportunities for students to share their own experiences, access prior knowledge, and see themselves as scientists."
In her application, Henderson stresses the need for structuring classes to serve all students and representing the diversity within each school. “I’m committed to creating equity by making content relevant, providing the support needed for all students to succeed, and cultivating independent learners,” she noted. “Research shows students are more successful when they have role models representing their unique identities. By creating opportunities for students to interact with members of their community, I help facilitate connections between students and mentors with similar backgrounds.”
“I firmly believe it is my job to prepare students for the real world. Students are engaged in activities that require critical thinking, decision-making, and perspective taking. Learning in AP Biology focuses not on memorizing facts and details, but rather on building transferable skills.”