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Education boost – Teachers, students honored

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Wal-Mart has announced 6,000 scholarships and awards to high school seniors and the outstanding teachers who mentored them, making a $10.9 million gift to education.

Three thousand high school seniors throughout the United States will receive scholarships totaling $8.4 million for their high academic achievement and extracurricular contributions.

In addition, three thousand grants of $500 each will be awarded to various school districts throughout the United States in honor of outstanding teachers.

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley said Wal-Mart sets a good example for other businesses to support schools. “ Few actions are as noble or honorable as helping provide access to education,” he said.

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