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Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB to Host Groundhog Job Shadow Day Activities

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Jan. 18, 2002 --- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is joining America’s Promise Ð The Alliance for Youth, along with schools and youth organizations like the Boys & Girls Club to provide more than a million young people the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the world of work. It’s all part of Groundhog Job Shadow Day activities, which begin Feb. 2 and continue for a week.

Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates across the country have invited students to participate in this year’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day events. Associates will involve the students in shadowing store managers, assistant managers, department managers, customer service managers and personnel managers. Students will get a head start on marketable skills needed for the future by learning merchandising, sales, shipping / receiving and store operations.

"Groundhog Job Shadow Day gives young people a sense of what it takes to succeed in the workplace," said Tom Coughlin, president and chief executive officer of the Wal-Mart Stores division. "It engages young people, enabling them to shadow adults at their workplace, and emphasizes the connection between academics and careers. Job shadowing provides young people with an up-close look at how the skills learned in school are put into action."

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more than 2,700 discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets and more than 490 SAM’S CLUBS in the United States. Internationally, the company operates more than 1,100 units. Wal-Mart employs 1.2 million associates worldwide. FORTUNE magazine has named Wal-Mart the third "most admired" company in America and one of the 100 best companies to work for in the United States. More information about Wal-Mart can be located on-line at The SAM’S CLUB Web site can be accessed at And more information about Wal-Mart’s Good.Works. community involvement is available online at

America’s Promise, led by retired General Colin L. Powell, is mobilizing people from every sector of society to build the character and competence of youth. For more information visit To find out more about Groundhog Job Shadow Day log on to