Walmart gives back with Teacher Rewards program

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is helping teachers purchase much-needed classroom supplies through the retailer's Teacher Rewards program.

Through the Teacher Rewards program, 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 $50 reward cards to 20 teachers. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons and markers. Now in its fourth year, Walmart said its program is donating up to $4.5 million to help 90,000 teachers across the country.

Local stores will begin selecting schools to participate in late August.

"Each year teachers across the country provide their time, talents and often their own money to ensure students have what they need to be successful in the classroom," said Michelle Gilliard, senior director of giving at Walmart. "Through our Teacher Rewards program we will once again send our nation's teachers back to school with the support and resources they need to continue educating the future leaders of our country."