Nominees for Student of the Month from kindergarten through fourth
grade were Abigail Arnold, kindergarten; Brenna Corbett, first
grade; Konnor Shaw, second grade; Chloe Power, third grade; and
Saristen Grimes, fourth grade. Each received a certificate and a
coupon for a free kid's meal at Texas Roadhouse.
nominees from fifth through eighth grade each received a certificate
and a free pizza from Little Caesar's: Jesica Patterson, fifth
grade; Lane Stribling, sixth grade; Cassie Warfel, seventh grade;
and Matthew Buttry, eighth grade.
The Student of the Month for October is Jesica Patterson. She
received a framed certificate and a $10 Walmart gift card. Jesica is
now eligible for Student of the Year.
The second half of the program was introduced by Mrs. Hamm,
superintendent and principal, with the help of Walmart manager Cody
Adkins, community relations coordinator Charlene Robb and event
organizer Becky Rybolt.
"Earlier today someone from Walmart came to Chester-East Lincoln
and decorated the teachers' lounge and left some goodies for the
teachers to enjoy," Adkins said.
"Now we have something else to give the teachers," Adkins
continued. "We have 10 $100 gift cards to give away, and we're going
to draw 10 teachers' names to determine the winners."
Each teacher's name was on a separate piece of paper and names
were drawn from a basket. The 10 lucky teachers who received the
$100 gift cards were Chris Ciaccio, Sarah Crim, Pam Woith, Brenda
Bartley, Greg Hoffert, Gary Stoltzenburg, Whitney Kincheloe,
Jennifer Warnisher, Marge Aper and Claudia McEvers.
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"The teachers may shop for whatever they need or want for their
classroom," the Walmart manager said. "We know teachers spend money
out of their own pocket to purchase items for their classroom.
Walmart would like to make it easier for you to get some of the
things you need."
Not everyone had something in mind but were going to discuss it
with their classes. Mr. Ciaccio is going to buy a new DVD player
because his old one broke and the students do not have a way to
watch movies. Mrs. Aper will be purchasing gym equipment for her
physical education classes.
The local Walmart store finds ways to give back to the community,
and over time it tries to reach out to all the schools with a
program to assist the teachers and staff. The time seemed to be
right for Chester-East Lincoln to have a turn, and the teachers were
pleased to agree with that decision.
[By MARLA BLAIR]