RIPLEY - Ripley Central School students grades kindergarten to eight cheered wildly as Walmart awarded 20 Ripley teachers with $50 reward cards on Friday, Sept. 21 to purchase classroom supplies that will help students start the school year off right.
As part of the Teacher Rewards program, the local educators will be honored during an award ceremony at Ripley Central. In its fourth year, Teacher Rewards will donate up to $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States with reward cards that will help offset the cost of classroom expenses. These funds come at a critical time, as the majority of U.S. teachers going back to school will spend their own money to ensure their students have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year.
More than 4,600 U.S. Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam's Club locations are eligible to select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from the selected school. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons and markers.
Some Ripley Central School teachers were recently awarded $50 Walmart reward cards as part of the Teacher Rewards program.
"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," Walmart representative Lori Doutt said. "At Walmart, we are dedicated to supporting our nation's teachers by providing them with the support and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our country."
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Walmart's ongoing support of education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a historic $2 billion commitment to help end hunger in America, which includes support for backpack, summer and after school feeding programs for kids. In 2011, Walmart and its foundation donated more than $50 million to fund education programs across the country.