Walmart made Halloween all treats and no tricks for teachers and staff at Barringer Road Elementary School.
Area Manager Tito Colon and Operations Manager Jim Pardee of Walmart Distribution Center #6038 in Marcy visited on Friday, Oct. 30 to to present $100 gift cards to 20 teachers and another $1,000 in school supplies to Barringer Road as part of Walmart’s Teachers Reward Program. Barringer was chosen by associates at the distribution center who had been asked to vote for a school deserving of the recognition.
“This is a thank you. These cards help offset what teachers spend out-of-pocket on their students and classrooms to enrich students’ education,” said Mr. Colon.
Principal Jeremy Rich placed each teacher’s name on a slip of paper and placed the slips in a plastic jack-o-lantern. Mr. Colon wandered through the crowd of students celebrating Halloween, allowing volunteers to randomly choose a slip with the name of a teacher who would receive a gift card.
In addition to the gift cards, Mr. Colon presented more than $1,000 of school supplies to be distributed as needed to teachers or students.
Mr. Rich was grateful.
“We are honored that the Walmart employees would think of Central Valley and are extremely thankful for this kind of support. Few people realize that teachers routinely spend their own money, buying everything from tissues for the classroom to school supplies for individual students who need them,” he said.
Mr. Colon said that the federal government’s $200 teacher income deduction for school purchases understates what most teachers spend. The same way teachers give to their students, Walmart wants to give back to teachers.
“This is a way to say ‘we care’ on behalf of Walmart,” he said.