Teachers and students in Blount County can expect a little more excitement and innovation in their classrooms this year, thanks to a $2,000 donation from the Maryville and Alcoa Wal-Mart stores.
“We receive donations from both Wal-Mart stores in the county,” said P.J. Silver, executive director of the Blount County Education Foundation. “They are generous in supporting educational programs for students in Blount County. The donated funds will be used to support educational programs in county schools. The Blount County Education Foundation appreciates the support which comes at a time when donations are down while the needs continue to grow.”
Silver said the donation will be used to support programs in the school in the form of awarding mini-grants to the teachers. Teachers submit proposals for educational projects that are not traditionally funded through the school system.
Silver said Wal-Mart has supported the foundation for 10 years. “Corporate citizens like Wal-Mart enable us to implement important programs in the schools. We couldn’t do it without them,” she said. Alcoa Wal-Mart manager Boyce Smith said this is an investment in the community. “We think the education of children in Blount County is probably one of our most important assets we have in the community,” he said.
Maryville Wal-Mart manager Melvin Covington said this is money well spent. “I think the more we can do for schools and for children, the better off our whole community is going to be,” he said.