On July 25, Wal-Mart launched its first-ever Teacher Appreciation Week, giving teachers around the country a chance to save on supplies as they prepare to head back to school.
The kick-off was held at George M. Pullman Elementary, which received a $1,000 gift card from Wal-Mart. Nine Pullman teachers were also surprised with baskets of free school supplies.
“I want to extend my gratitude to Wal-Mart for their partnership, and their generous support of CPS educators and students,” said Jesse Ruiz, Vice-President of the Chicago Board of Education. “When partners work with us to strengthen our schools, they do more than just offer school supplies to our students and teachers. They offer a brighter future for our entire city.”
In addition to Ruiz, Monday’s event included teachers and administrators from Pullman, representatives from Wal-Mart, and a handful of Pullman students who paused in their summer yoga class to participate in the celebration.
“These sustainable partnerships really give schools a boost,” said Janine Douglas, assistant principal at Pullman. “Wal-Mart’s generosity to our teachers was exceptional, and makes them feel as though someone understands the challenges they face in the classroom, which can include providing supplies for students who do not have them readily available.”
To acknowledge the impact teachers have on their students, and to prevent the back-to-school process from impacting teachers’ wallets, Wal-Mart is offering all K-12 teachers in the U.S. 10% back on the purchase of certain classroom supplies. This discount is exclusive to teachers and runs through July 31.
For more information on Wal-Mart’s Teacher Appreciation Week, visit www.walmart.com/teachers.