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.