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Tribute to teaching excellence

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Forest Park Elementary School teachers recently awarded with $100 Walmart gift certificates through the organization's Teachers Rewards Program included (front, from left) Jennie Menser, Lindsey Mullinix, Jenny Yocom, Audra Duling, (back) Stacey Thompson, Jean Harris, Faye Funk, Susan Adams and Lisa Nasser, pictured with Walmart Assistant Manager Marvin Wells. Not pictured: Jodie Sipes. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Educators recognized through Teacher Rewards Program

Ten Forest Park Elementary School teachers were honored by Walmart of Brazil Tuesday.

Through its new Teacher Rewards Program, the local affiliate paid tribute to the teachers by giving all 10 $100 gift certificates.

According to information provided by Walmart, the school was randomly selected among all the schools within the Clay Community School Corporation.

The gift certificates are to help teachers who -- most of the time -- find themselves purchasing supplies for their classrooms with their own money.

At the national level, Walmart and Sam's Club locations have given out 45,000 gift certificates.

"Walmart is committed to supporting the local community and addressing unmet needs," Walmart of Brazil Assistant Manager Marvin Wells said. "We know teachers are on tight budgets to provide supplies for their classrooms and Teacher Rewards helps offset those costs."

All 4,558 Walmart facilities across the nation were eligible to participate in the Teacher Rewards program.

On Tuesday, all Forest Park students gathered into the school lunchroom for the event.

From there, Student Council President Andy Young randomly drew names of the 10 teachers out of a basket. The teachers winning gift cards included Jean Harris, Jodie Sipes, Jenny Yocom, Faye Funk, Lindsey Mullinix, Susan Adams, Jennie Menser, Stacey Thompson, Lisa Nasser and Audra Duling.

The students then received cupcakes purchased by the student council.

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Thanks, WalMart and congratulations to the lucky teachers.

I do believe that the state reimburses, through a tax credit, teachers for the first $50 they spend out of their pocket for classroom supplies. I doubt that there are many in our corporation, especially in the elementary level, that doesn't exceed that in a year's time.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 9:40 AM

When I lived in another state a portion of our PTA fundraising went to each teacher as a "petty cash" account for just such things that they ended up paying for themselves. Wish we could do it for all the teachers here in county as I know just about every one of them does this at all grade levels.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 11:53 AM

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