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Walkersville teacher awarded $8K toward school supplies

September 08, 2009

WALKERSVILLE, Md. -- Walkersville Middle School celebrated the second day of the year with big news. Thanks to a winning essay submitted by a teacher, the school received $8,000 toward supplies from Wal-Mart.

Rebecca Remsburg, who teaches language arts, entered her description of the school's needs to Wal-Mart's national "Write to Change the Classroom" program. Her entry was one of just 20 nationwide tapped for honors.

Of the prize money, half was awarded in school supplies for Remsburg's classroom and the remainder in funds toward purchases for the entire school.

"With Wal-Mart's help, our school would be able to better prepare our students to kindle the flames that lead to life-long learning and cultural competency," said Remsburg in the essay she submitted. "By supplying our school with classroom sets of multi-cultural novels and nonfiction literature, our students would be able to find more personal meaning in the texts, which makes reading a more relevant and pleasant experience."

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The program was inspired by young Ty'Sheoma Bethea's letter to Congress, in which she poignantly described her school's needs. Bethea, of Dillon, S.C., spoke at the Walkersville Middle School event and presented the award to Remsburg and principal Valda Valbrun.

Language arts students from the school gathered for the presentation.

"Many schools are unable to provide the essentials -- books, paper and pencils -- for their students this year. We wanted to help," said Janet Bareis, vice president of marketing for Wal-Mart. "We are eager to continue the efforts started by Bethea and hope that we can bring positive change to classrooms this school year."

For more information the program, go to www.writeto changetheclassroom.com.

 

 

 

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