Monday, May 16, 2005

Wal-Mart Gives Grants To Nevada Teachers

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - More than 3,800 outstanding teachers who are making a positive difference in the lives of young people were recognized through Wal-Mart's 10th annual Teacher of the Year program. As a result of their selection, schools of winning teachers will receive $1,000 each from Wal-Mart. Thirty teachers received educational grants in Nevada.

Through the program, Wal-Mart donated $4.2 million to schools of winning teachers nationwide. One teacher was selected by each neighborhood Wal-Mart store, SAM'S CLUB, Neighborhood Market store and Wal-Mart Distribution Center across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Since it began in 1995, Wal-Mart Stores Teacher of the Year Program has honored more than 25,000 teachers nationwide and donated more than $18.5 million to local schools.

In addition to the $1,000 educational grants, winning teachers will receive a $50 shopping card to buy supplies for their classroom and an honorary Wal-Mart greeter's vest. These teachers also have the opportunity to apply for state and national Teacher of the Year honors, according to Reithemeyer, for which Wal-Mart donates an additional $10,000 to schools of state winners. All state winners are automatically entered into the national competition. The national winner will receive an additional $25,000 educational grant for a total of $36,000 to his or her school.

''Educators need to be recognized now more than ever as they face the current challenges of improving student achievement,'' said Dr. William Bushaw, executive director of Phi Delta Kappa International. ''The recognition that this program brings, as well as the dollars it provides to schools to purchase resources that can make teachers better educators, is why we are so pleased to work in partnership with the Wal-Mart & SAM'S CLUB Foundation every year. It is a very tangible contribution by corporate America toward school improvement across the country.''

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