By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald
Ten teachers at Fowler Elementary School got a surprise Wednesday when each one was awarded a $100 gift card.
Representatives from the Killeen Walmart and school administrators presented the teachers with the cards and gift baskets in appreciation of their hard work.
"I enjoy doing this every year," said Bo Malone, assistant manager at Walmart. "We have some really deserving teachers around here, and it's nice to be able to give something back to them."
This is the third year Walmart has given the gift cards to teachers, and Malone said the company planned to honor more than 45,000 teachers across the country.
The elementary school teachers who were awarded the cards were chosen at random via a drawing, said Debbie Drever, principal at Fowler.
The teachers said they would use the gift cards to purchase classroom supplies, which they sometimes have to pay for out of their own pockets.
"It's estimated that teachers spend about $500 of their own money on supplies each year," Malone said. "We hope this will help them out a little."
Teacher Suzanne Roberts said she was grateful for the show of appreciation, adding that she often shops at the Killeen Walmart for her class supplies. "I was just there the other day," she said. "There are a lot of things we do on our own, so this is just wonderful."
In addition to the cards and gift baskets, Walmart also donated 1,500 box-tops to the school.
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