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Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB Join Miss America 2001 To Honor Teachers of the Year
Apr 16, 2001
Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB have joined with Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio and the Miss America Organization to recognize and reward U.S. teachers who have distinguished themselves as leaders and mentors.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. --- Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB have joined with Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio and the Miss America Organization to recognize and reward U.S. teachers who have distinguished themselves as leaders and mentors. In support of Baraquio’s character education platform, Wal-Mart this year is expanding its Teacher of the Year program to recognize 50 state winners and a National Teacher of the Year.

"We are so pleased to have Angela Perez Baraquio and the Miss America Organization join our Teacher of the Year program this year," said Jay Allen, vice president of corporate affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. "This year’s Miss America has made character education her platform, and education has always been a high priority for our associates and our company."

"Teacher of the Year does more than recognize outstanding leaders in our schools," said Baraquio. "It also encourages every educator to continue the crucial work of preparing our nation’s young people to become our nation’s leaders."

Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates annually recognize a Teacher of the Year in each community, as determined by customers of each store and club. Customers nominate teachers on a simple form at the customer service desk throughout April, and may nominate as many teachers as they wish. A local committee reviews the nominations, and awards are announced in August at each of the company’s 3,500 stores, clubs, distribution centers and transportation offices nationwide.

Wal-Mart began recognizing outstanding teachers at the local level in 1995. Last year Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUBS contributed $8.8 million to education through the Teacher of the Year program, scholarships, and local giving through stores and clubs.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more than 2,600 stores and more than 470 SAM’S CLUBS in the United States, as well as more than 1,000 units internationally. The company employs more han 1.2 million associates worldwide. Last year the company raised and donated more than $190 million to charitable and educational organizations nationwide through the Wal-Mart / SAM’S CLUB Foundation.