Mr. Einstein won one two years ago.
It's a fun evening to just kick back, sit (for a long time), laugh with friends and colleagues (and spouses!), and hope, hope, hope to win a gift basket.
Because, let me tell you, the gift baskets are amazing!
Each school/building/office/service provider/what-have-you that is somehow involved in public education puts together a gift basket with some theme or other, like exercise (Mr. Einstein's school), outdoor, barbecue, camping, recession (E's school--awesome!), etc, and some community members/businesses provide some, too. Every person who walks in the door to attend the event gets a ticket, and throughout the evening, the superintendent draws random tickets for prizes.
Now, Mr. Einstein and I have attended this event for four years (not continuously, just the years he's been nominated) out of the seven he's been in this school district. We've even brought some of kids before, so had extra tickets (and no, that's not why we brought them). We've never won anything. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
This year, as I told a couple of people, is OUR year.
And you know what? It was.
It was OUR year.
No, we didn't win a gift basket.
No, we didn't win a community member/business gift.
No, Mr. Einstein didn't win an award (which he totally should have!).
He won the grand prize.
The Grand Prize!!!
He won a one-night stay at the Coeur D'Alene Resort AND two tickets for the St. Joe River cruise.
It really is OUR year!