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Gideon teachers awarded funds

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Staff Photo/ Courtney Luke 20 teachers with the Gideon School District received incentives in the form of $50 gift cards, per person, sponsored through a grant from the Walmart Foundation, represented locally by Store Manager, Gary Eaton (back, far left). Teachers pictured are: (front, left to right) Micah Breece, Mary Landers, Erin Smith, Craig Earnheart, Karen Bizzell, Shae Bost, and Michele Knight. (Second row, left to right) Angela Hatley, Kristen Ashabranner, Crystal Presson, Valerie Wiggs, Melissa Green, and Sandra Rudeseal. (Back row, left to right) Julie Cloud, Carol Woolverton, Pam Owens, Sherry Duffer, and Amber Martin. [Order this photo]
It has been estimated that in one school year, a school teacher can spend as much as $500 of their own money to provide school supplies for needy students. Already in a career field which many feel is underpaid, this can lead to constricting personal budgets, but most teachers are willing to make the sacrifice. They are not in it for the money anyway. The teachers at Gideon School are no different, and because of that, Gary Eaton, store manager for the Malden Walmart nominated them for Walmart's Teacher Rewards Program.

Last week, Walmart awarded 20 teachers with $50 reward cards in order to purchase classroom supplies.

For the fifth year, Walmart will be donating up to $4.5 million to provide teachers across the nation with reward cards to help offset classroom expenses incurred in the first part of a school year.

Gideon teachers benefitting from the program were: Micah Breece, Mary Landers, Erin Smith, Craig Earnheart, Karen Bizzell, Shae Bost, Michele Knight, Angela Hatley, Kristen Ashabranner, Crystal Presson, Valerie Wiggs, Melissa Green, Sandra Rudeseal, Julie Cloud, Carol Woolverton, Pam Owens, Sherry Duffer, and Amber Martin.

The teachers were also given a large cake in appreciation of their work.

"We are proud to honor our community's teachers who give time and often their own money to ensure our students have everything they need to be successful throughout the school year," Malden store manager Gary Eaton explained. "At Walmart, we are dedicated to supporting our nation's teachers by providing the suport and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our community."

The program is an extension of Walmart's ongoing support of local education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future.

During the 2009 nationwide campaign, top purchases by the educators included 25,000 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. On a national level, in 2010, Walmart and its foundation gave more than $89 million to fund educational, health and children's programs to help students in communities across the country better prepare for their future. In 2013, $59 million was donated.