|The store chose Burnt Chimney Elementary this year|
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Walmart’s Teachers of the Year will have their photographs posted at the Rocky Mount Walmart.
Friday, October 12, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Twenty educators from Burnt Chimney Elementary School were honored Tuesday by Walmart's Teacher Rewards program.
Each Walmart Teacher of the Year received a $50 gift card to purchase classroom supplies. The teachers also received baskets of fruits, candy and other gifts during an awards ceremony Tuesday at the school.
"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," said Walmart Personnel Manager Susan Farris. "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."
Walmart's Teacher Rewards program is in its fourth year and selects one local school to reward with gifts.
Eight large boxes of supplies were also donated to the school for classroom use by the teachers and a cake was shared after the ceremony in celebration of the teachers' accomplishments.
"I want to give a special 'thank you' to Walmart for doing this for us," said Principal Derek Bryant. "Everyone here works very hard and does a wonderful job. Our teachers are great and they are wonderful."
The following teachers received Walmart Teacher of the Year awards:
•Kindergarten: Layne Altice and Kim Davis
•First grade: Kim Lester, Amy Morrow and Danielle Wetzel
•Second grade: Debbie Hall and Valerie Lynch
•Third grade: Kristen Bowles, Sarah Dillon and Robin Shively
•Fourth grade: Patti Conner, Jeff Short and Jennifer Walker
•Fifth grade: Carrie Payne, Kim Stubbs and Laurie Wright
•Physical education: Jubal Poindexter
•Specialist: Julie Realmuto, April Stultz and Michael Waddy
"I thank Walmart for all they do for our community," said Dr. Mark Church, superintendent of Franklin County schools. "Our county teachers do an outstanding job with our young people every day, and Walmart is recognizing what we already know."
A photograph of the winning teachers will be posted at the Rocky Mount Walmart.
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Walmart's ongoing support of education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future.