Lo­cal Wal­mart do­nates $1,000 to Flint Hill teach­ers

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Teach­ers at Flint Hill El­e­men­tary got a bit of a sur­prise at their Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon fac­ulty meet­ing as they learned they had been en­tered into a draw­ing to win one of 20 $50 gift cards cour­tesy of the lo­cal Wal­mart on In­dus­tri- al Boule­vard — a $1,000 do­na­tion for the teach­ers to pur­chase needed class­room sup­plies.

For the fourth straight year, as­sis­tant man­ager Dan Brown has do­nated $1,000 to teach­ers at a New­ton County pub­lic el­e­men­tary school.

“We se­lect a lo­cal el­e­men­tary school each year based on nom­i­na­tions from our as­so­ci­ates,” said Brown. “This year, Flint Hill re­ceived mul­ti­ple nom­i­na­tions so we were very pleased to des­ig­nate them as our 2012 Teacher Re­wards re­cip­i­ent.”

Brown said, “Teacher Re­wards has put $4,000 di­rectly into the hands of New­ton County teach- ers since its in­cep­tion. Wal­mart re­al­izes that our community’s teach­ers spend a great deal out of their own pock­ets to en­sure their students have ev­ery­thing they need to be suc­cess­ful. Teacher Re­wards is our way of rec­og­niz­ing the tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion of their per­sonal time and money that our teach- ers make ev­ery year.”

“I was su­per ex­cited that sev­eral of our par­ents nom­i­nated our school and teach­ers to be Wal­mart’s part­ner of the year,” said Dr. Lori Thomas, prin­ci­pal of Flint Hill El­e­men­tary. “When Wal­mart called to no­tify me that Flint Hill was se­lected, I was over­whelmed with the amount of sup­port that they of­fered our staff. This is a great ex­am­ple of the won­der­ful things that hap­pen when par­ents, com­mu­ni­ties and schools come to­gether to sup­port each other. Al­though the teach­ers were given the gift cards, ul­ti­mately the students will ben­e­fit as the teach­ers pur­chase items to sup­port in­struc­tion.”

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