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Wal-Mart Recognizes Educators with Local "Teacher of the Year" Program

May 03, 2004
Wal-Mart donates $4.3 million to winning teachers’ schools.


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BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 3, 2004 - At schools large and small, teachers who are positively influencing the lives of young people will be given an A+ in honor of National Teacher’s Day, which is Tuesday, May 4. In conjunction with Phi Delta Kappa International, a national professional education association, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates at every location nationwide will announce a local honoree in Wal-Mart’s ninth annual Teacher of the Year program. In many cases these outstanding educators will be surprised with a special ceremony.

Winning teachers will receive $1,000 educational grants from the Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB Foundation to benefit their local school and an honorary Wal-Mart greeter’s vest. Winning teachers also have the opportunity to apply for state and national Teacher of the Year honors. Increased this year, educational grants for an additional $10,000 will be given to state winners. The state winners will automatically be entered in the national competition. The national winner will receive an additional $25,000 educational grant for a total of $36,000 to his or her school.

Through the program, which is one of the largest teacher recognition efforts in the country, Wal-Mart will give back $4.3 million this year alone to the schools of winning teachers, according to Betsy Reithemeyer, vice president and director of the Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB Foundation. "Education is a cornerstone commitment for Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates nationwide," she added. "We are proud to help raise awareness for excellence in education and to salute teachers, who play such an important role in growing and shaping young people." Since the Teacher of the Year program began in 1995, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., will have honored more than 22,000 teachers nationwide and donated more than $14.5 million to local schools.Last year, $3.6 million was awarded to schools nationwide and in Puerto Rico. In total, last year the company contributed more than $40 million in support of educational initiatives.

"America’s teachers are being mandated to improve student achievement, but they are not being provided the resources to do so by local, state, and federal government," said George Kersey, Jr., executive director of Phi Delta Kappa International. "We are pleased to work in partnership with the Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB Foundation again in this year’s Teacher of the Year recognition program. This program recognizes the value of teachers and represents a tangible contribution for school improvement by corporate America."

About Phi Delta Kappa International
Phi Delta Kappa International is committed to leadership, service, and research in education. It is a professional association composed of educators at all levels. Member chapters are active throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. As an association, Phi Delta Kappa works to promote quality education, with particular emphasis on publicly supported education, as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life. In addition, the organization supports educators in their work through publications, research, and professional development opportunities. Visit www.pdkintl.org to learn more about Phi Delta Kappa International.

About Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUBS in all fifty states. Internationally, the company operates in Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Korea. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Last year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., contributed more than $160 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Customers and associates raised an additional $70 million at stores and clubs.

More information about Wal-Mart can be located on-line at www.walmartstores.com and www.walmart.com. The SAM’S CLUB Web site can be accessed at www.samsclub.com. And more information about Wal-Mart’s Good Works community involvement is available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.

Editor’s Note: May 2-8 is celebrated in the educational community as Teacher Appreciation Week

Educational Grants Awarded by State
Editor’s Note: Please contact your local Wal-Mart or SAM’S CLUB store for the name and school of the local winner(s) in your community.

State Number of Local Teacher of the Year Winners in the State Educational Grant Dollars Awarded in the State on National Teacher’s Day
Alabama 99 $99,000
Alaska 9 $9,000
Arizona 60 $60,000
Arkansas 101 $101,000
California 181 $181,000
Colorado 69 $69,000
Connecticut 34 $34,000
Delaware 11 $11,000
Florida 206 $206,000
Georgia 136 $136,000
Hawaii 7 $7,000
Idaho 17 $17,000
Illinois 147 $147,000
Indiana 111 $111,000
Iowa 63 $63,000
Kansas 63 $63,000
Kentucky 84 $84,000
Louisiana 97 $97,000
Maine 27 $27,000
Maryland 51 $51,000
Massachusetts 43 $43,000
Michigan 96 $96,000
Minnesota 63 $63,000
Mississippi 73 $73,000
Missouri 131 $131,000
Montana 12 $12,000
Nebraska 27 $27,000
Nevada 26 $96,000
New Hampshire 29 $29,000
New Jersey 42 $42,000
New Mexico 29 $29,000
New York 99 $99,000
North Carolina 126 $126,000
North Dakota 7 $7,000
Ohio 142 $142,000
Oklahoma 105 $105,000
Oregon 29 $29,000
Pennsylvania 127 $127,000
Rhode Island 10 $10,000
South Carolina 72 $72,000
South Dakota 10 $10,000
Tennessee 115 $115,000
Texas 396 $396,000
Utah 41 $41,000
Vermont 6 $6,000
Virginia 91 $91,000
Washington 40 $40,000
West Virginia 31 $31,000
Wisconsin 85 $85,000
Wyoming 12 $12,000