By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — Twenty teachers and support staff at Prairie View Elementary School had a fun way to end their school week Friday.
A random drawing with all the names of the teachers and support staff was held for an opportunity to be one of 20 to get a $50 reward card from Sam’s Club.
“This will be an exciting end for long hard work week,” said Principal Tracey Noe.
The staff members can use the reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students start the school year with items such as paper, folders, binders, pencils, crayons and markers.
The reward cards are part of company’s Teacher Rewards program. For the fifth year, Wal-Mart will donate up to $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States to help offset the cost of classroom expenses at the beginning of the school year.
“We appreciate Wal-Mart for doing this endeavor and recognizing our teachers inside our four walls,” Noe said. “When you have a company go above and beyond to help teachers, it’s a pretty special moment. It’s good to spread good news.”
These funds come at a critical time, as many teachers spend an estimated $500 of their own money to ensure their students have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year.
More than 4,600 Sam’s Club stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one pubic school, with grades kindergarten to eighth-grade, and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from each selected school.
“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 through the school year,” said Roger Roberts, of Sam’s Club. “We are dedicated to supporting our nation’s teachers by providing the support and resources needed to continue education the future leaders of our community.”
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Sam’s Club’s ongoing support of local education initiatives that help students better prepare for their future. In 2012, Sam’s Club and its Foundation donated more than $59 million to fund education programs across the country.