Whether you're a member of the Hokie Nation, a military veteran or a Jimmy Buffett fan, there's a special Virginia license plate for you. And soon, a new plate honoring school teachers could be hitting the road here in Virginia.
For Shirley Casey, it was a chance to showcase a favorite pasttime. "It does let everybody know that you are a bowler," Casey told us.
For Cindy Gribben, the specialized plate on her pickup was an opportunity to support a worthy organization, the Conflict Resolution Center. "I think it gives people the opportunity to express themselves," Gribben said in an interview.
Here in Virginia, there are now more than 200 different varieties of special plates that recognize groups, causes and personal interests. Priced from 10 to 25 dollars, they generated more than eight million dollars for the state last year, and more than three million dollars for groups that take part in the Division of Motor Vehicles revenue sharing program.
Stephanie Doyle is the 2009 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The license plate she's promoting won't generate revenue for the Virginia Teacher of the Year Network, but she hopes it will remind people of the contributions teachers make every day.
"We hope that people will realize how vital treachers are," Doyle told WDBJ7, "and how every profession really stems from teachers, that teachers are needed and noble."
The Teacher of the Year Network must collect 450 completed applications before the General Assembly will consider authorizing the plate. Doyle hopes that will happen early next year.