OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Wal-Mart recently awarded 20 Minetto Elementary School teachers with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students to start the school year off right as part of the company’s “Teacher Rewards” program.
Geoff Raponi, co-manager at the Oswego Wal-Mart, was joined by community coordinator Angela Lund at an early morning gathering of Minetto teachers.
Principal Dr. Dean Goewey recognized each teacher by name as they graciously accepted the Wal-Mart award.
Minetto teachers who will have $50 each to spend on their classroom included Tracy Anderson, Mary Jean Battista, Stephanie Battista, Pam Delfino, Kelsey Donovan, Sean Fitzgerald, David Gaffey, Shirley Hadley, Carol Janice, Margie Malone, Jennifer Majlaton, Jill Noel, Leeanne Perry, Stephanie Rice, Holly Schopp, Kathy Shafer, Sue Thompson, Tanya Wadsworth, Paula Weigelt and Nancy Zawsiza.
This is the fifth year that Wal-Mart will donate up to $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the nation with reward cards to help offset the cost off classroom expenses.
Wal-Mart representatives noted that many teachers will spend an estimated $500 of their own money to ensure their students have supplies they need throughout the school year.
Principal Goewey said, “I would like to thank Wal-Mart and its representatives for personally presenting these gift cards to our faculty members. Once again our students will benefit from this program. Our faculty has always proven to be caring and concerned for their students and this generous donation will be put to good use.”
Raponi said, “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 At Walmart we are dedicated to supporting our nation’s teachers by providing the support and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our community.”
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Wal-Mart’s ongoing support of local education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future.
A year ago, Wal-Mart and its foundation donated more than $59 million to fund educational programs across the country.