Walmart surprises DPS teachers with $1,000 donation and gift baskets filled with back-to-school supplies

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Walmart paid a surprise visit to teachers at Bagley Elementary School to present a dozen baskets filled with back-to-school supplies to teachers working during the summer.

Walmart Store Manager Tracy Simon also provided a $1,000 Walmart Gift Card to help the entire school purchase supplies for the upcoming school year. The donation is part of a nation-wide movement to celebrate teachers where Walmart executives are visiting schools across the country to surprise teachers with much-needed classroom items. More than 50 students and parents were able to witness the surprise donation, which took place during the school’s LitFest.

About the DPS LitFest

To combat the “Summer Learning Slide,” the learning loss that happens when children are not engaged in reading during the summer, Detroit Public Schools, the non-profit LitWorld and the Detroit Public Library have launched a new district-wide summer reading initiative called Everything Literacy! to keep kids engaged with learning throughout the summer. The Everything Literacy! initiative uses a variety of strategies to accomplish this goal, including a first-ever LitFest held at 37 DPS schools on Thursday, July 24. The LitFest included group writing activities, oral story sharing, live storytellers, and a distribution of 7,000 books to participants.

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