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Clear Spring Elementary teacher Debbie Banister receives award

May 15, 2007

The Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Hagerstown has selected Debbie Banister as its Teacher of the Year.

Banister, a first-grade teacher at Clear Spring Elementary School, was given the award as part of Wal-Mart's 12th annual Teacher of the Year program on May 8, which was National Teacher's Day.

She received a $1,000 grant for Clear Spring Elementary, a $100 gift card to buy classroom supplies, a Teacher of the Year polo shirt and a personalized certificate.

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates across the country are announcing the names of local teacher winners.

One teacher has been selected as a local winner by each Wal-Mart store, Sam's Club, Neighborhood Market store and Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

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Teachers were nominated by members of the community during February and selected by a committee of store or club associates.

Nationwide, more than 4,000 teachers are being honored by Wal-Mart's Teacher of the Year program.

"The teachers in our area are superb," Wal-Mart Distribution Center Manager Nathan Brown said. "The selection process was not an easy one, but we are happy to recognize Debbie Banister and share this great news with our community."

The Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year recognition is part of a three-tiered program. All local winning teachers have the opportunity to apply for state Teacher of the Year honors to receive a $10,000 grant for their schools.

Each state winner is automatically entered into the national competition. The one national winner will receive an additional $25,000 education grant for a total of $36,000 to his or her school.

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