Walmart gives back to community through St. Clair County Head Start
by Gary Hanner
Sep 09, 2011 | 2884 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walmart presented 12 $100 gift cards to teachers at the St. Clair County Head Start Friday. Seated, from left, are teachers Monica Williams, Clara St. John, Pattye Lipscomb, Sissy Bice, Tamela Chaney, Scclynda Brewster, Carol Isdell and Chasity Ackerson. Standing, from left, are Walmart’s Tim Melton and Rick Mays, teachers Marcia Caldbeck, Suzanne Davis, Denise Henderson and Beth Sorrell, Walmart’s Heather Patterson, and Darla Wheeler, Walmart facilities manager Mike Dilorenzo, Head Start education manager Connie Ramsey and Head Start director Latoya Orr.
Walmart presented 12 $100 gift cards to teachers at the St. Clair County Head Start Friday. Seated, from left, are teachers Monica Williams, Clara St. John, Pattye Lipscomb, Sissy Bice, Tamela Chaney, Scclynda Brewster, Carol Isdell and Chasity Ackerson. Standing, from left, are Walmart’s Tim Melton and Rick Mays, teachers Marcia Caldbeck, Suzanne Davis, Denise Henderson and Beth Sorrell, Walmart’s Heather Patterson, and Darla Wheeler, Walmart facilities manager Mike Dilorenzo, Head Start education manager Connie Ramsey and Head Start director Latoya Orr.
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Walmart is helping 12 educators at the St. Clair County Head Start start the new school year right through its Teacher Rewards Program.

As St. Clair County educators continue to dedicate their time and money in the future of youth, Walmart is helping 12 teachers at Head Start to purchase much needed classroom supplies with $100 gift cards.

Teachers across the country spent more than $1.3 billion out of pocket collectively on school supplies, snacks and instructional materials during the 2009 to 2010 school year, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association. Through its Teacher Rewards Program, Walmart locations nationwide are investing $4.5 million in America’s teachers, providing 45,000 educators gift cards to help teachers offset the cost of classroom expenses.

“Walmart appreciates the impact teachers continue to make in our community,” Walmart shift manager Tim Melton said. “We know our educators contribute not only their time, but also their money to ensure our students have a successful school year. The Teacher Rewards Program is our way of saying thank you.”

Head Start Director Latoya Orr said this is an excellent example of how Walmart contributes to the communities they conduct business in.

“Tim Melton is an assistant manager at the Pell City Walmart and he has been wonderful in helping us,” Orr said. “Walmart has been wonderful partners for us and this $1,200 in gift cards will help our 12 teachers tremendously.”

Orr said previously, Melton had brought in about $50 worth of classroom supplies.

“They have committed to being wonderful partners with St. Clair County Head Start,” Orr said.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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