Walmart recently awarded a $3,000 Community Grant to Eastern Local Elementary School. Funds from the grant were used to purchase iPads and classroom reading manipulatives for first-grade students in Angela Wheeler’s reading class.
”I had received a grant before from them. Now with the additional money I was able to purchase enough (iPads),” said Wheeler. “I have 20 now, so every student in my classroom is able to have one for instruction. I have also purchased some classroom manipulatives to be (used by) my students.”
“Last year (the school) received a $1,500 grant, and this year a $3,000 grant from Walmart,” said Wheeler. “And I was able to purchase (iPads) and some headphones for students who didn’t have any, some manipulatives to use at a reading table to do some reading ... and Making Words activities where (students) use magnetic letters to make words.”
“Those are the things I purchased so far and I still have a little bit left so I can make additional purchases as needed throughout the school year,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler applied for the Walmart Community Grant in mid-August and received an award letter on Sept. 2.
”It was a very easy process,” Wheeler said. “It was just an online application I was able to submit, and I wrote down a request (for) an amount, and I believe I said $3,000, and they were able to grant that amount to me.”
Wheeler said her students “love” and “are totally engaged” with the educational materials the grant enabled her to purchase for them.
”We do something called Reading A to Z, and there are books on it that are at each individual student’s reading level,” Wheeler said. “They are able to listen to the story and then read the story themselves, and also take comprehension questions on it, so they love doing that.”
”I teach ... first-grade reading. This is my third year at Eastern,” Wheeler said. “We are departmentalized, so I have about 37 kids this year.”
Wheeler said she is thankful to Walmart for the Walmart Community Grant.
”I really appreciate it, the grant helping my students (keep up) with their technology,” Wheeler said. “The students are very familiar with technology, (with) being able to use technology in the classroom. It’s such an added benefit to their education. I’m just really thankful that every student is able to use it on a daily basis.”
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