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Walmart donates $1k, school supplies to East Newton

Kim Young, a fifth-grade teacher at East Newton Elementary School triumphantly completes her one-minute shopping spree of school supplies, courtesy of Walmart in Covington. Walmart donated this month 20 $50 gift cards to teachers at the school and the others were given the free shopping spree. (Special photo)

Kim Young, a fifth-grade teacher at East Newton Elementary School triumphantly completes her one-minute shopping spree of school supplies, courtesy of Walmart in Covington. Walmart donated this month 20 $50 gift cards to teachers at the school and the others were given the free shopping spree. (Special photo)

COVINGTON — Teachers at East Newton Elementary School were surprised earlier this month when they were given a free, one-minute shopping spree for school supplies, thanks to Walmart.

During a faculty meeting on Oct. 1, East Newton teachers learned that they had been entered into a drawing to win one of 20 $50 gift cards courtesy of Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.

For those who did not win the drawing for one of the 20 gift cards, store manager Dan Brown brought several large boxes of school supplies so they could gather as many supplies as possible during a one-minute “shopping spree.”

“This support is just overwhelming,” said East Newton Elementary School Principal Kim Coady. “You hear so much negative news about education; it’s just nice to have something so positive. Our local Walmart is very community-oriented and we do appreciate all the support they provide. It was good to see the teachers have so much fun today and we thank Walmart for that.”

This is the fifth year that Brown has donated $1,000 to teachers at a Newton County public elementary school.

“We select a local elementary school each year based on nominations from our associates,” Brown said in a press release. ‘This year East Newton received multiple nominations, so we were very pleased to designate them as our 2013 Teacher Rewards recipients.”

He said that the Teachers Rewards program is designed to help give back to local teachers who spend so much of their personal money to provide students the supplies they need. To date, the program has put $5,000 directly into the hands of Newton County teachers.

“Teacher Rewards is our way of recognizing the tremendous contribution of their personal time and money that our teachers make every year,” Brown said.