Bentonville, Ark., Feb. 5, 2007 – Do you have a favorite teacher who deserves to be recognized? If so, stop by your local Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club location from now through Feb. 23 to submit a nomination for the company’s annual Teacher of the Year program. Outstanding educators are eligible for a $1,000 grant for their school and other prizes.
Each Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club location across the U.S. will name a winning local Teacher of the Year in honor of National Teacher’s Day, which is Tuesday, May 8. Through this year’s program, more than 4,000 teachers nationwide will be recognized, and the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Foundation will donate approximately $5 million for three types of awards:
- Local Teacher of the Year honorees receive $1,000 for their school, a $100 gift card to buy supplies for their classroom, an honorary Teacher of the Year shirt and a personalized certificate. All local winners are invited to apply for state honors by completing and submitting a comprehensive application form by June 1.
- State winners, selected by members of the Phi Delta Kappa international educational fraternity, receive $10,000 for their school, business cards, a State Teacher of the Year certificate and a one-year membership to PDK. All state winners are automatically entered into the national competition.
- One national winner will receive a $25,000 school grant when the National Teacher of the Year award is announced in November.
Wal-Mart is one of the largest corporate supporters of teachers and education. Last year alone the company gave away more than $45 million in support of educational initiatives. Since 1995, Wal-Mart Stores Teacher of the Year Program has honored more than 26,000 teachers nationwide and donated more than $23.5 million to local schools.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, more than 127 million customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $245 million to local United States communities. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmart.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.