Retailer sends 45,000 teachers back to school with extra financial support
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 31, 2010 – Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations are awarding more than 45,000 educators with $100 each through the Teacher Rewards program this back-to-school season, infusing $4.5 million to schools across America.
It’s estimated that educators spend approximately $500 out of their own pockets each year for classroom supplies, including snacks for students who may not have regular access to food. The Teacher Rewards program helps offset those costs.
Last year, educators’ top purchases through the Teacher Rewards program included 25,000 report folders, 24,000 packs of pens, pencils and crayons, 14,000 packs of paper, 13,000 packs of markers and 10,000 binders and clipboards, in addition to other essentials items—showing teachers need basic supplies to help support their classrooms.
“Teachers are the single most important factor in preparing students to be the next generation of leaders and to succeed in the workforce,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “With budgets tightening, we want to support teachers who are purchasing supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets.”
Each Walmart store, Distribution Center and Sam’s Club location across the U.S. are eligible to select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and provide $100 reward cards to 10 teachers from the selected school.
This is the second year Walmart has supported educators with Teacher Rewards, as part of the company’s ongoing support of education initiatives. In 2009, Walmart and its Foundation gave more than $53 million to fund educational programs in communities across the country.
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