National Teacher Day, May 6, presented an opportunity to thank educators around the nation for the outstanding job they do in shaping the future of young people.
Deborah Coble, a special education teacher at Elizabethtown Primary School, was honored Wednesday as the local Wal-Mart "Teacher of the Year" for 2003.
Coble was recognized for her exemplary performance in nurturing preschool students with special needs.
She was presented with an award certificate and a Wal-Mart "Teacher of the Year" vest by Elizabethtown Wal-Mart Store Manager Joe Mansell. A $1,000 grant will also be made payable to the school in her honor. Coble is now eligible to compete for the state title, which grants an additional $5,000 award to the winning teacher's facility.
The Wal-Mart/Sam's Club Foundation awarded $3.4 million nationally to schools during this event. In the state of North Carolina, 99 schools were recipients of Wal-Mart educational grants, totaling approximately $99,000. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., sponsors the award annually, as part of their "Good Works" community involvement program.