Special to the Mirror

MONTROSE– Walmart awarded 20 Johnson Elementary School teachers with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students start the school year off right.

As part of the Teacher Rewards program, the local educators were honored during an award ceremony at Johnson Elementary.

Twenty teachers from Johnson Elementary in Montrose were given $50 WalMart reward cards for classroom supplies. Courtesy photo.

In its fourth year, Teacher Re- wards will donated up to $4.5 mil- lion to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States with re- ward cards that will help offset the cost of classroom expenses.

These funds come at a critical time, as the majority of US teachers going back to school will spend their own money to ensure their stu- dents have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year. More than 4,600 U.S. Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select on local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and pro- vide reward cards to 20 teachers from the selected school.

Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons and markers.

“We are proud to honor our com- munity’s teachers, who give time and often their own money to en- sure our students have everything they need to be successful through- out the school year”, states Lisa Pennel, Personnel Manager of the Montrose Walmart Supercenter. “At Walmart, we are dedicated to supporting our nation’s teachers by providing them with the support and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our country.”