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Walmart's right to change the classroom


BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart launched the "Write to Change the Classroom" program, asking teachers, parents and students to write about their school-supply needs. The retailer is awarding $8,000 in school supplies to each of the 20 selected schools.

"Many schools are unable to provide the essentials - books, paper and pencils - for their students this year. We wanted to help," said Janet Bareis, VP of marketing, Walmart. "We are eager to continue the efforts started by [Ty'Sheoma] Bethea [who inspired the program], and hope that we can bring positive change to classrooms this school year."

Walmart today announced the 20 recipients who will each receive $4,000-worth of school supplies for her designated classroom and an additional $4,000 toward supplies for the entire school. Essays were judged by Bethea, as well as an esteemed panel of four nationally-recognized educators, and were reviewed based on the level of need, creativity and the positive impact these supplies would have on the school.

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