Tecler receives $1,000 from Walmart’s ‘Miles for Education’

William B. Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School recently received a $1,000 donation as part of Walmart’s “Safe Miles for Education” initiative.

Representatives from Walmart presented school leaders with a check on Thursday, Dec. 1.

According to Walmart, private fleet truck drivers for the popular retailer are among the safest drivers in the country, and for every accident-free mile driven during the week of Aug. 13, the Walmart Foundation made a financial contribution to local schools.

“This is just one of the many ways Walmart supports education across the country,” said Ryan Serianni, General Transportation Manager at the Johnstown Walmart distribution center. “It’s also a great way to engage all of our drivers in raising money for our local schools. This program serves as a great reminder to each of us that children are returning to classes and all drivers need to watch carefully for school buses and school children.”

During this year’s initiative, Walmart transportation offices nationwide raised more than $143,000 to give to schools in their communities.

Tecler was nominated by John Wood, a private fleet truck driver for Walmart at the Johnstown transportation office. Wood’s granddaughter, Nataleigh Papura, is a student there.

“This generous donation will be used toward the purchase of reading materials with the goal of putting more books in children’s hands,” said John Miller, Assistant Principal. “By purchasing ‘leveled readers,’ students will have access to a variety of books organized by levels of difficulty, which will help improve literacy.”