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South Boston Elementary teachers awarded $50 cards

A total of 20 teachers at South Boston Elementary School were awarded Tuesday with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies to help students start the school year off right as part of their Teacher Rewards program, according to Sam’s Club Membership Manager Steve Chafatelli. 

Chafatelli addressed the teachers at a ceremony at 3:30 where they highlighted ways in which the Teacher Reward cards will benefit classrooms at South Boston Elementary School. 

According to Chafatelli, “These funds come at a critical time as many teachers going back to school will spend their own money to ensure their students have the supplies needed to learn throughout the school year.” 

Each Walmart, logistics facility and Sam’s Club across the U.S. will select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school to provide the reward cards to. The Teacher Awards Program will be awarding more than 90,000 educators infusing schools across America with $4.5 million. 

This is the fifth year Walmart and Sam’s Club have given these awards. In 2012, they gave more than $59 million. 

South Boston Elementary School Principal Sue Bagbey and Assistant Superintendent Val Marshall chose the 20 winners during a random drawing of eligible teachers. 

Eligible teachers include all certified teachers that have a teaching classroom or not including counselors, music teachers, art teachers, coaches, specialties and librarians. 

The winners of the award include Heather Rutledge, Rebecca Starzynski, Ashley Fulton, Melinda Hupp, Susan Elliot, Traci Throckmorton, DeLayne Sons, April Smith, Ellen Haskett, Josh Perkins, Robert Hohneker, Kayte Nelson, Stephanie Bryant, Ginger Davis, Jennifer Clark, Virginia Crutchfield, Jenifer Shelton Jones, Tiffany Moorefield, Megan Grant and Virginia Aherron.