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Local schools awarded grants from Camden Walmart

Posted: September 23, 2011 4:11 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Walmart Market Manager Arlen Smith and Camden Walmart Manager Joe Quinlan presented grant gift cards to Midway Elementary Principal Dell Brabham, Pine Tree Hill Elementary Principal Lisa Shannon, Lugoff Elementary Principal Melissa Lloyd, Bethune Elementary/Mt. Pisgah Elementary Principal Duane Pate, Wateree Elementary Principal Gail Stehle, Doby’s Mill Elementary Principal Ginger Catoe, Lugoff-Elgin Middle Principal Karen Bullard and Jackson School Principal Matia Goodwin.

Camden Walmart again partnered with the Kershaw County School District to sponsor the Stuff a Bus promotion, making the students the real winners.

As part of its Stuff a Bus promotion, Camden Walmart customers donated more than 2,400 classroom supplies to local schools last month. Camden Walmart matched its customers’ generosity by providing additional grants in the form of gift cards to the top 10 schools with the most per pupil donations.

“Walmart's culture is that of a responsibility to the community,” Camden Walmart Manager Joe Quinlan said. “I have three children who are the beneficiary of the seeds we plant for our school system, so it hits home for me. Teachers have an enormous responsibility to the future success of our county through education. As a parent and member of this community, I feel an obligation to invest in this partnership.”

Bethune Elementary School was the recipient of the top prize -- $1,000. Second-place winner Midway Elementary School received $900, and third-place honoree Pine Tree Hill Elementary School earned $800.  Other winners, which received Walmart gift cards, were:  Baron DeKalb Elementary School, fourth place, $700; Lugoff Elementary School, fifth place, $600; Mt. Pisgah Elementary School, sixth place, $500; Wateree Elementary School, seventh place, $400; Doby’s Mill Elementary School, eighth place, $300; Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, ninth place, $200; and and Jackson School, 10th place, $100.

“Walmart has seen a need in our community and found a great way to be a part of the solution,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “We greatly appreciate this partnership as a way to provide supplies and materials for our students.”



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