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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Walmart Teacher Rewards Anderson preschoolers learn about fire engines Program helps ten educators at East Side purchase supplies

Anderson Preschoolers learned about fire engines, fire safety, and being a fireman recently. Firemen brought a fire truck to school and students were able to see, touch, and hear how a real fire truck works! Pretty big truck for little folk, huh?

Walmart helped ten teachers at East Side Elementary to purchase much-needed classroom supplies this back-toschool season as part of its Teacher Rewards program. Nationally, Walmart and Sam’s Club location are awarding more than 45,000 educators with $100, 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. “Walmart is committed to supporting the local community and addressing unmet

needs,” Tonya Kobilka said. “We know teachers are on tight budgets to provide supplies for their classrooms and Teacher Rewards helps offset those costs.” Each Walmart store, Distribution Center and Sam’s Club location across the U.S. will select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and provide $100 reward cards to ten teachers from the selected school. All of Walmart’s 4,558 facilities nationwide are eligible to participate in the Teacher Rewards program. In 2009, 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. 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. The winning teachers were: Tammy Oliphant, Samantha Davis, Lynn Holt, Samantha Sammons, Alyssia Aggreh, Robin Heeth, Crystal Foster, Lunda Mann, Tanesha Walker, and Janet Grammer.

Haywood Veteran Day In celebration of Veteran’s Day the student’s at HES had a special morning meeting. The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance led by several of our students dressed in their scouting uniforms.

Next, Mrs. Riddle read the names of students and their family members and the military branch they served in. Ms. Lisa Prescott, the Director of Technology, then sang a moving song, “On the bumper of my SUV”, dedicated to all

who have served. We had many guests present that proudly stood as their names were called. Other special guests were School Board members, Cabinet members and Central office staff. Ten teachers were awarded $100 gift cards to Walmart and Sam’s Club.

East Side student Shakendria Partee helps choose ten teachers to receive special gift cards.


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