Walmart has awarded 20 Scott Johnson Middle School teachers with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students start the school year off right.

As part of the Teacher Rewards program, the local educators were honored during an award ceremony at the school on Wednesday.

In its fourth year, Teacher Rewards will donate up to $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States with reward cards that will help offset the cost of classroom expenses.

These funds come at a critical time as the majority of U.S. teachers going back to school will spend their own money to ensure that students have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year.

“We want to thank Walmart, especially McKinney store #206 on Redbud Boulevard,” said Mitchell Curry, principal of Scott Johnson Middle School. “They are always a great partner and always support our students and teachers. We are honored that they adopted us and want to thank them for their generosity.”

More than 4,600 U.S. Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from that school.

Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons and markers.

“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 representative Dotty Hale. “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.”

The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Walmart’s ongoing support of education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a historic $2 billion commitment to help end hunger in America, which includes support for backpack, summer and after school feeding programs for kids. In 2011, Walmart and its Foundation donated more than $50 million to fund education programs across the country.



About the author: Shane Mauldin is an MISD communications specialist.