CLINTON -- Fremont Elementary School in Sunset recently received $1,000 from the participating Walmart Supercenter in Clinton.
This money, given to the school during a Sept. 16 ceremony, is part of the Walmart Teacher Rewards Program. The program began three years ago to help teachers pay for classroom expenses.
The money is contributed to local schools for teachers who live and shop in the surrounding communities.
In participating stores across the nation, Walmart Supercenters select a local K-8 school and donate reward cards of $100 each to 10 teachers. The contributions from Walmart total approximately $4.5 million nationwide.
The money is used at the discretion of the teacher for classroom supplies such as paper or snacks. The Teacher Rewards cards never expire and can be used at either Walmart or Sams' Club.
This year, the Clinton Walmart chose to honor the teachers of Fremont Elementary. During the ceremony, Bryce Blackburn, a store manager, thanked the teachers and said, "(Walmart) appreciates what you all do for our children."
The names of 10 teachers were handpicked by Principal Diane Ramsey, who was "tickled" that Fremont Elementary was chosen. The teachers were excited, danced as they got their $100, and when asked what the money would be used for, replied "books, books and more books."
Blackburn said Walmart has a responsibility to "share the wealth and offer new opportunities through donations."