Wal-Mart helps teachers provide for classrooms _lowres

Photo provided by MELANIE JOHNSTON -- Walmart representatives delivered gift bags and cash cards to teachers at Independence Elementary School on Oct. 17. First row from left are Stephanie Amos, Jamie Greer, Karla Douglas, Todd Arceneaux, Bernadette Legoria, Nicole Coxen, Walmart representative Tina Milner, Stacey Hager, Gail Caves, Lisa Davis and Walmart representative Ed Allen; second row, Jamie Madron, Timothy Jackson, Veronica Dunomes, Judy Demarco, Linda Morel, Joette Price, Catherine Campbell, Denise Savoy, Candace Anthony, Becky Bader and Dwayne Watkins; third row, Kayte Wold, Stephanie Smith, Kathy Candiotto, Megan Clement and June Willis.

Teachers at Independence Elementary School received a surprise visit by representatives from Wal-Mart’s distribution center on Oct. 17.

Tina Milder and Ed Allen delivered gift bags and cake to teachers at Independence Elementary, and 20 teachers were selected to receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card along with their gift bags, a news release from the school said. Wal-Mart representatives said they appreciate the teachers and understand how much money teachers spend in out-of-pocket expenses to help students succeed.

Principal Lisa Raiford said IES appreciates Wal-Mart’s dedication to helping teachers offset the cost of educational items they purchase, and looks forward to the partnership they have established.