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It’s Time to Thank Teachers Across America

By  Emily Schmid, Sr. Manager, Walmart Digital Communications July 29, 2014

Most of us can recall a teacher who helped us learn, change and grow. For me, there were several, but there’s one who particularly stands out: my mom. 

Her resume alone commands respect: She’s taught kindergarten at a rural elementary school since the 1970s. That means that every year, she not only ensures that students learn the basics like numbers and letters – she also shapes a gaggle of fresh-eyed, boundlessly energetic 5-year-olds into polite and productive members of society.

For some students, she may be the first educational influence they’ve experienced, and she takes that responsibility very seriously. When I lived at home, I remember her working countless nights not just grading papers, but also building and creating projects and materials that would give her class an extra boost. All that required was her own extra time, which she didn’t have much of, being a single mother to my sister and me.

So when Walmart announced Teacher Appreciation Week, I couldn’t wait to tell her about it. Through the program, which is happening now through July 31, she and other educators across the U.S. can receive 10% savings on classroom supplies. Over the years, going the extra mile for her class has sometimes meant digging into her own pocket, so I knew she would appreciate the discount. “Every little bit helps,” she replied when I shared the news.

This is the first year for Teacher Appreciation Week, but Walmart has been showing its support of educators for many years. The Walmart Foundation has a Teacher Rewards program, where all Sam’s Club, Walmart stores and distribution centers nationwide give gift cards to local schools to help teachers stock their classrooms. And for the third year, our online tool Classrooms by Walmart provides a convenient way for teachers to share supply lists with new students – and even create classroom wish lists of their own.

I’m proud that after all these years, families in my small town still request to have their kids enrolled in my mom’s class. There are stories like hers in schools in every state, and it’s the perfect time to let those teachers know how big of an impact they’ve truly had.

Read more from Emily Schmid

17 Comments

Rebecca McKeonJANUARY 21, 2015 3:57 PM

i received a teacher rewards card and it would not activate! I have been on the phone for over 1 hour trying to reach someone who can assist me! This was a drawing for teachers in our district. We are a very poor district and $50.00 will buy snacks and supplies for my room! Please contact me at rmckeon@amherstschools.org!

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Michelle Kinstle WoodallAUGUST 27, 2014 5:37 PM

I never got my rewards. I submitted my information and receipt on July 25 and to this date have not gotten my rebate. I have emailed every email address I can find for Walmart and have not gotten any response from them at all. Based on my experience, I think this was a ploy to get teachers to spend their money and then be ignored. BOO HISS BOO Walmart!!!!!!!!!!

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Caitlin BrownSEPTEMBER 15, 2014 9:44 AM

Hi Bunny, I'm sorry to hear that you've had trouble getting your eGift Card. I had our team look in to it and the emails were never opened which likely means that it was picked up by a spam filter. The team resent your gift card emails so if you haven't already received it, try checking your spam folder.

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Bunny IrbySEPTEMBER 14, 2014 3:33 PM

I submitted two different receipts, one before the end of July and one within the first few days of August. I've called Walmart, as you have suggested, and still nothing. I'm so disappointed at this time, between this and the customer service issues I've had the past few times I've visited, I am not a fan of Walmart.

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Caitlin BrownSEPTEMBER 2, 2014 8:38 AM

Hi Michelle, I just sent you an email with more information. Please let me know if you continue to have trouble.

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