Mondovi benefits from Walmart Teacher Rewards Program
The Walmart Transportation Office, based in Menomonie, recently awarded 20 teachers from Mondovi Elementary with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies as part of the company’s Teacher Rewards Program.
Teachers received the gift cards at random on Monday afternoon, Oct. 13, at the close of a teacher inservice day. Each teacher was handed a Walmart coffee mug, which some lucky educators opened to find the gift cards tucked inside amounting to a total of $1,000 for the school.
Local resident Greg Lunderville, a truck driver for Walmart, and his wife, Mary, nominated Mondovi Elementary for the honor, principal Paul Franzwa said.
For the sixth year, Walmart will donate over $5 million to provide 100,000 teachers across the United States with reward cards to help offset the cost of classroom expenses at the beginning of the school year. These funds come at a critical time, as many teachers will spend an estimated $1,000 out of their own pockets to ensure their students have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year.
More the 5,000 U.S. Walmart stores, distribution centers, transportation offices and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one local public school, grades K-8, and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from each selected school. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, pencils, crayons and markers.
“At Walmart, we are dedicated to supporting our nation’s teachers by providing support and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our community,” said Jon Hollinger, general transportation manager.
The Teacher Rewards Program is an extension of Walmart’s ongoing support of local education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future. In 2013, Walmart and its Foundation donated more than $44 million to fund education programs across the country.