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


Tami MontgomeryJULY 30, 2014 9:19 AM

My parents were both teachers, and both my Daughter-in-laws teach or have taught. I love this tribute! I love Walmart!

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Stefan CampbellAUGUST 5, 2014 7:13 PM

I appreciate you charity. :)

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Wyatt JefferiesAUGUST 8, 2014 8:49 AM

Great post, Emily. I have the utmost respect for teachers, and I hope they all take advantage of the programs Walmart offfers them.

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Alison Bracken NewkirkAUGUST 12, 2014 11:49 AM

Thank you for the recognition and for your charity! This video brought tears to my eyes!

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Amy GlennAUGUST 12, 2014 11:55 AM

Teacher Appreciation Week is an awesome idea. Unfortunately, I spent hundreds of dollars and threw away the receipts before learning of this discount. :( I did take part in the many discounted prices at the local store. Thank you Wal-Mart!

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