As each teacher entered the library, the look on each one’s face was truly amazing — none of them had any idea what was going on. Some thought they were in trouble while others were curious. All of them saw Superintendent Jenny Seals and board member John DeGaris in the library.
Just what was going on?
The 10 teachers were presented with $100 Teacher Reward Cards from Wal-Mart. This was an effort by Wal-Mart to help offset the rising expenses for classroom supplies.
The names of every teacher at SES were placed in a container and Seals and DeGaris selected the 10 names randomly.
The 10 teachers selected were Lindsay Pendergrass, Lindsay Manzella, Susan Bowlin, Laura Griffiths, Traci Putman, Ginger Allison, Katie Hopson, Janice Barrett, Natasha Hurd and Tanya Hardiman.
Seals said she is very appreciative to Wal-Mart.
“Considering the way the funds are, our teachers do not get any of the instructional money,” Seals said. “Any donation is welcomed and we are very humbled by that. The teachers are going to be excited they are receiving these funds. This is so nice and we are so very thankful.”
Byrd just wanted to say thanks to Wal-Mart.
“In the present state of proration where the teachers really do not have a lot, except for donations and writing grants, any extra funds we receive is greatly appreciated,” Byrd said. “We want to thank the Springville Wal-Mart for these donations and I guarantee they will go toward the betterment of our students and the enhancement of their education.”
DeGaris said Wal-Mart has been great community partners and he is very appreciative.
“Wal-Mart gives back to the community and we are very grateful,” DeGaris said. “Teachers are true professionals and dedicated. What makes them professionals is that so many times, they have to dig deep into their own pockets to buy a lot of items and they all do it for the students.”
Yvette Lance, training coordinator for Wal-Mart, said it is exciting to give back to the community.
“We look forward to helping out the teachers here at Springville Elementary,” Lance said.
“Wal-Mart is committed to helping address unmet needs in our communities where we serve,” said Mike Watson, Springville Wal-Mart store manager. “It is very exciting and something we do all the time. It is exciting to be part of Springville and we like to give back every time we can.”