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Mark Goldberg, 719.532.8436

California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award Will Go a Long Way for CA Educator


San Mateo, CA, October 22, 2014 … Elizabeth Thompson will have plenty of resources to help her students for the next couple of years. The primary special day class teacher at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale, California is the latest winner of California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award.

The California Casualty Academic Award is given to help educators recoup the dollars they use of their own money for classroom and other instructional materials. A recent survey found 99 percent of teachers spent an average of $500 out-of-pocket on supplies and classroom projects.

This is Elizabeth's third year as a full time teacher. Both her parents were teachers and she feels education was in her blood. She admits spending $1,500 of her own funds each year to buy supplies and other necessities. Thanks to the award, she can now purchase a special learning rug, one or two iPads and create a stockpile of snacks for students whose families can't afford them. "This helps out so much," she said. "I teach because I want to make a difference in each child's life. I can now do things that I couldn't do before."

What could you do with $2,500? Entries for the next California Casualty Academic Award are now being taken at The deadline to enter is December 5, 2014, with the winner announced January 2015.

Previous winners include:

  • Holly, kindergarten teacher from Holland, Ohio
  • Michelle, fifth grade teacher from Redwood City, California
  • Elaine, high school teacher from Atwater, California
  • Heidi, kindergarten teacher from Sycamore, Ohio

"Helping educators reach their full potential is part of California Casualty's commitment to the communities we serve," said California Casualty Vice President Mike McCormick. "We want to do more than just say ‘thank you' for the important job they do."

Whether it's for a new SMART Board learning system, electronic tablets or traditional supplies of snacks, pencils and paper, let California Casualty pick up the tab with the $2,500 Academic Award. The deadline for the next drawing is December 5, 2014. Eligibility requires membership in the AEA, CTA, NEA (National Education Association), or referred by a current member of the state NEA affiliate or one of our other participating educator associations including: ACSA, CASE, COSA, KASA, NASA, UAESP or UASSP. Complete rules and information can be found at

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Angie Rajczyk presenting the check to Elizabeth

Angie Rajczyk presenting the check to Elizabeth.

Academic Award Winner Elizabeth Thompson jumping for joy

Academic Award Winner Elizabeth Thompson jumping for joy at the surprise announcement during a recent staff meeting.California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award Will Go a Long Way for CA Educator