Central Middle School is one of the winners in Wal-Mart’s Teacher Rewards Program.
They were chosen out of 37 area schools to split a grand for school supplies.
Each teacher picked got a gift card of fifty dollars.
Program coordinators say teachers spend an average of five to six hundred dollars a year of their own money on things like snacks and extra school supplies for their classes.
“Too often there’s kids that don’t have the money to buy school supplies themselves, and teachers make the sacrifice to dip into their own pockets to make those purchases there, so we’re hoping this makes it a little easier to do that,” said Chris Wilcox, Community Involvement Coordinator at Sam’s Club.
“Usually, three to 400 hundred dollars for middle school class rooms every year. It’s nice to know that we’re recognized for the things that we do for our students, and it’s going to be fun to spend my money for the kids in my classes,” said Beth Cook, a sixth grade teacher at Central Middle School.
“It’s nice to see that they are, like, providing for some of us who can’t get it for ourselves, like it’s nice to know they can provide it for us,” said Kaitlynn Bean, a sixth grader at the school.
Wal-Mart will give an estimated 900,000 teachers across the country up to four and a half million dollars to help with extra supplies this year.
“I think back to when I was a student here, and I know how much the teachers sacrifice in this area, and it’s just really heartening to give back to them at a level that makes a difference in their lives, as well as the lives of the students here,” said Wilcox.
“It’s a great opportunity for our staff, and who benefits from it is our kids, so we’re excited about that,” said John Perry, Principal.