Walmart Announces Discount for Teachers

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Walmart announced that teachers who shop for school supplies at its stores between July 25 to 31 can receive a Walmart eGift Card for 10 percent back. Teachers need to register their receipts on its website by Aug 15.

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the company surprised a group of teachers who were attending orientation at the Bentonville Schools Administration Building Monday (July 21).  They received a basket with school supplies and a $25 gift card.

Bentonville Superintendent Michael Poore received a $1,000 Walmart gift card.

Each teacher spends an average of $1,000 on school supplies and pay for at least half with their own money, according to Steve Bratspies, executive vice president, general merchandise for Walmart U.S.

Julie Clark is a 3rd grade teacher at Elm Tree Elementary in Bentonville.

“Some kids do come to class without supplies just because they can’t afford it,” Clark said. “It’s just not in their financial budget as well.”

“I usually go out and buy supplies for them on my own, so it’s nice to have a set already so I don’t have to spend my own dime on it all the time at least,” she said.

Trudy McKissic is a 2nd grade teacher at R.E. Baker Elementary. She was another teacher who received a basket.

“We spend a lot of money trying to get supplies for our classroom so this is a blessing,” McKissic said. “We really appreciate it a lot.”

Walmart has donated more than $20 million to educators in the last five years, according to the company.

20 comments

  • Cheryl

    At the beginning of school last year one of our local Wal-Mart surprised our school with classroom supplies and gift cards. All of us (teacher and administration) were so appreciative. Thank you again Walmart.

  • Mary

    Thank you, Walmart, but it is the teachers that spend thousands on their students and classrooms. The highly paid superintendents don’t spend anything. Your donations to the classroom teachers are appreciated.

  • Kris Ross

    This is very generous of Wal-Mart, but it would great if it could be offered to the dedicated school nurses as well. We also buy supplies, sometimes with our own money, such as peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, antibacterial ointment, bandages, cough drops, peppermints…the list goes on and on. There are many school employees who buy supplies with our own money, to support our students, and ensure they are able to participate in receiving the best educational experience possible.

  • Gene Fraker

    $20M sounds like a great deal of money (and it is), but when you look at the grand scheme of things and see the net income of Walmart over the last 5 years, it’s barely a drop in the bucket. According to http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/wmt/financials, Walmart made almost 80 BILLION dollars NET over the last 5 years. By my calculation, that makes their education donations cited in this article about 0.03% of their profits. That’s 3/100 of 1%. Not a lot in the big picture.

    • D Michael

      Check their financial report. They paid $7.1 billion in federal taxes last year. That’s 32.4%. In addition, they paid $2 billion in property taxes, half of which go to local school districts. Their donations totaled 4.1% of their bet income. Add it all up and they are always number one or two for corporate donors and always one of the larger property tax bills in any jurisdiction. I’m not a fan of Walmart but every business has to have a profit to remain viable. Walmart gives back quite a bit. Not as much as you would like but I’m guessing more than most people/businesses you can think of.

  • Cathy Varela

    I hope they remember Child Care .We spend as much and it comes out of our pocket we do educate. Please remember us too.

  • Kyva

    I wonder if it is in all states or just Arkansas? I work at a walmart down in florida but I have not heard hide nor hair of our store offering this to schools down here. It would be nice if they did though.

    • stefanie

      Based on the info, I think it’s Walmart as a whole, not just a single store. The Bentonville store just happened to be the focus since they also gave donations. The website is http://www.walmart.com/teachers. Go shopping and then register your receipts. :-)

  • joe smo

    Everyone who said it isnt enough or where is mine is exactly what is wrong with the world today. Say thank you for the generous donation and behappy with what you got. Greed is ddisgusting.

  • farrinna64

    Thank you Walmart! It’s the little things that go a long way…and I’m not even a big Walmart fan but hey, I’ll give credit where credit is due.

  • Pen

    At least they do something. Family dollar throws away all their end of season items that don’t sell. Schools would love to have these items they put in the garbage. Kroger donates these things to schools at the end of the holiday season.

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