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.