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Pictured (l-r): Walmart Shift Manager, Jeff Easte; Walmart Assistant Manager, Monica Hudgens; Walmart Assistant Manager, Dan Brown; Ms. Alisa Echols; Walmart Zone Manager, Alice Bishop; and Walmart Assistant Manager, Scott Scholl

Eastside High School teacher, Alisa Echols is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Covington Walmart located on Industrial Boulevard! Echols applied for the grant through the Walmart Community Grants Program.

According to Echols, the grant money is earmarked for the Eastside High School Career Technical Instruction (CTI) program to purchase popcorn and cotton candy machines to assist the students in fundraising efforts. The CTI program is designed to support student with disabilities enrolled in a regular career education program. 

“We have several events the students can attend throughout the school year and that takes money,” said Echols. “By purchasing these machines, the students can now sell popcorn and cotton candy after school and on weekends. We definitely appreciate the grant and the continued support of our local Walmart.”

“We saw this project as a good return on our investment,” said Dan Brown, assistant manager at Walmart. “It helps the school raise additional funds for the CTI program and the CTI program itself assists the students in being better prepared for a career. We are investing in our future workforce.”

Brown added that Walmart has been an unofficial partner with the Eastside CTI program for quite some time.

“We developed an accidental business partnership,” said Brown. “Ms. Echols invited me to speak to her students several years ago to talk about employment and employability and we’ve been working together ever since. We’ve actually hired several of her students over the years.”

“Walmart has just been a fantastic supporter of our program,” said Echols. “In addition to monetary donations they have also donated a truck full of school supplies for Eastside. And we love to have Mr. Brown come talk to the students.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of public relations for Newton County Schools at