Ugly Sweater Lotto

I was recently talking with a teacher about small gift ideas that might be meaningful to our staff. Our conversation drifted back and forth between a holiday ornament and/or something that might be more of a shared experience. I walked back to my office and reflected upon our conversation...and that's when the "Ugly Sweater Lotto" was born.

Here's how the lotto will work:

Each one of our school's 109 employees will be given a holiday ornament along with the "Ugly Sweater Lotto Ticket" pictured above. The back of each ornament contains a unique lotto number ranging from 1221000 to 1221120. The first four numbers correspond with the date of the actual lottery (12/21), and the last three digits will be unique (similar to a raffle drawing).

A random number will be drawn every hour on the hour on December 21, 2016 starting at 7:00am. Winning lotto numbers will be announced on our #GWgreats hashtag on Twitter and also posted to the bulletin board in the staff lounge.

Lotto prizes are listed below:

7:00am Coffee Lovers Prize Pack - With a holiday sweater-print mug and gift card from Starbucks.

8:00am Winter Reading Material - Two copies of my favorite book, The Noticer, by Andy Andrews. (One to read and one to share)

9:00am Game On! - iTunes gift card and edible chocolate scrabble game.

10:00am Crayola "Inspiration" Mega Art Set - Comes with cool "mindful" coloring book.

11:00am Hot Sauce Challenge - HUGE continuum of heat for your next cooking adventure.

12:00pm Family Decorating Fun- A sheet of gingerbread cookies and assorted frosting.

1:00pm Ultimate Hot Chocolate Kit - Comes with a custom ugly sweater mug!

2:00pm Family Movie Bundle - Featuring "Elf" movie along with popcorn and other goodies.

3:00pm Lunch from the Principal for an Entire Week - Five gift cards to local restaurants and eateries near our school.

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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