Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 24, 2009
Gville Elementary receives money for volunteerism

Tooele County School Distr ict’s Grantsville Elementary School has received a $10,000 contribution in recognition of volunteer hours contributed by employees from the Walmart Distribution Center 7026, Walmart Transportation Office 7826, and Regional Operations Center 9852. Funded by the Walmart Foundation, this grant will support Tooele County School District’s Grantsville Elementary School’s mission to help the students, teachers and faculty to recover from the fire that devastated the school on July 13.

This grant, as well as nine others across the U.S. was awarded as the result of a Walmart Foundation initiative designed to encourage Walmart associates to volunteer as part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” summer of service campaign. As a result of the six week challenge, Walmart associates logged nearly 16,000 volunteer hours nationwide.

At Tooele County School Distr ict’s Grantsville Elementary School, Walmart associate volunteers painted portable classrooms, moved furniture from one school to another, helped teachers clean and prepare their classrooms, volunteered for the “Fill the Bus” supply and book drive in three locations, unloaded and inventoried supplies, cooked for the teachers in a back-toschool barbecue in the final days before school started, and volunteered to help the kids navigate their way through their new surroundings on the first day of school. They also headed up the community business effort and worked closely with 27 local businesses to provide assistance to the students, teachers, and faculty that were affected by the tragedy.

“We want to thank the employees of Walmart for the support they provided to the Tooele County School District. We appreciate the commitment they have to the citizens and students in Grantsville and our entire school district,” said Terry Linares, superintendent for the Tooele County School District. “Words cannot express our appreciation and gratitude for the hours of volunteerism that they exhibited. Their commitment to making a difference has helped us recover from the fire at Grantsville Elementary School. Their leadership and commitment is to be commended. We shall be forever grateful to them for the dedication they displayed during this difficult time.”

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