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Maple Avenue teachers receive funds for classroom

Photo ID: from left (front row) Barb Ring, Sarah Plamann, Cathy Romanski, Rebecca Cochran, Tracy Krenek, (second row) Joy Cony, Jeanne Kolb, Lisa Goforth, Mary Zgonc, Renee Waldow, Michelle Schultz, Patricia Coburn, Mary Kuriga, Kristin Koeper-Hamblin, (back row) Brendan Barrett, Brian Latus, Amanda Magalska, Christina Garley, DeMaris Gill, Kristin Leaman, Michael Fraundorf and Debbie Grove.

Twenty lucky Maple Avenue Elementary School teachers received $50 gift cards to Walmart, thanks to the Walmart Foundation’s Teacher Reward Program. Pewaukee Walmart store manager Brendan Barrett, along with community involvement associates Barb Ring and Joy Cony, surprised Maple Avenue teachers at their faculty meeting in October to announce that their school was chosen to receive a total of $1,000 in gift cards to purchase classroom supplies, snacks and items their students might need.

“We know that you care for our children and treat them as your own,” Barrett told the teachers. “Walmart’s Teacher Rewards program is designed to help offset the money that you spend out of your own pockets for classroom supplies.”

After announcing the program, Barrett randomly drew the names of 20 Maple Avenue teachers who each received a $50 gift card. Through the Teacher Reward Program, Walmart provided $5 million to more than 100,000 teachers across the U.S. in 2014.