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Teachers at Heard-Mixon Elementary School got a bit of a surprise at a recent faculty meeting when they learned they had been entered into a drawing to win one of twenty $50 gift cards courtesy of the local Walmart on Industrial Boulevard—a $1,000 donation for the teachers to purchase needed classroom supplies.

“This marks the sixth year that the Covington Walmart has put $1000 directly into the hands of Newton County teachers,” said Walmart Assistant Manager, Dan Brown. “We have also donated several thousand dollars’ worth of school supplies for use in local classrooms.”

Brown told the Heard-Mixon staff, “Walmart realizes that our community's teachers spend a great deal out of their own pockets to insure their students have everything they need to be successful. Teacher Rewards is our way of recognizing the tremendous contribution of their personal time and money that our teachers make every year."

So no one got left out, Brown also brought along several large boxes of school supplies to the school. Those teachers who didn’t win a gift card got a free shopping spree through the boxes, and as a result, loaded up on much needed supplies for their classrooms and students.

“Our associates are very proud of the store's involvement and partnerships with Newton County Schools,” said Brown. “We are pleased to recognize Heard-Mixon Elementary as our 2014 Teacher Rewards recipient. Ms. Marquita Wilkins and her faculty are very deserving of this honor.”

“It was an extreme honor for Heard-Mixon to be chosen as recipients of Wal-Mart’s Teacher Reward Program,” said Wilkins. “Our Superstar faculty was overjoyed with appreciation by their unexpected generosity. Teachers go above and beyond each day—it’s refreshing that Wal-Mart recognizes and values the contributions they make through this outstanding program.”

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