Rockdale Walmart pitched in to help out local teachers with classroom expenses, then did their part to set a world record for reading.

Above, Manager Scott Harris presented $100 checks as part of the company's Teacher Appreciation Program to (seated, L-R) Jo Rek, Mary Cortez, Lisa Loewe, Kathryne Roddam; (standing) Melanie Moody, Kim Hedtke, Lisa Meyer, Leslie Hasselbach and Amy Laurrell. (Not pictured was teacher Kim Suits.)

Below, employee Dee Dee Galvan reads Eric Carle's "The Hungry Caterpillar" to Jami Becker's first-grade class last Thursday, part of the company's support of Jumpstart's Read for the Record. The event, presented in partnership with The Pearson Foundation, is a national campaign designed to break the world record for the largest shared reading experience ever, while also highlighting the importance of early literacy. Thousands of adults read the official book to over one million children.

Walmart is the official retail partner for Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign and will have the book for sale until Oct. 31 with net proceeds going to the Jumpstart program.

Reporter/Mike Brown (top)/Ken Esten Cooke

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