Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB Join Miss America 2001 to Honor Teachers of the Year

Joint Effort Adds State and National Winners to Local Teacher Recognition;

Supports Miss America's Character Education Platform for This Year



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and SAM'S CLUB

    BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. (NYSE:   WMT) 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 than 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.
 
 

SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and SAM'S CLUB
    BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. (NYSE:   WMT) 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 than 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.
 
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