Teachers Rock Concert sponsored by Walmart airing this Friday
The Wal-Mart Foundation is featuring THINK Together’s summer learning program at a Teachers Rock concert in Los Angeles on Aug. 14 which will be aired on CBS on Aug. 17. In addition to showcasing THINK Together’s work, Wal-Mart is giving each teacher at the five schools in our summer program a $50 gift card.
The concert will feature such artists as Josh Grobin, Fun, Dierks Bentley, and Garth Brooks. Following the concert, CBS will be airing the movie “Won’t Back Down”.
“I’ve seen a lot of summer program themes, and I have to say, I was quite skeptical that Hunger Games would be anything too different, but the way they’ve woven it into the program is kind of magical,” said Sarah Pitcock, senior director of program quality at the National Summer Learning Association.“Of course, having excellent teachers and program leaders is essential, but I got goose bumps when the Hunger Games music came over the PA to prepare for the Quiz Show, and again when I heard the district chants. I know the kids get goose bumps, too, and appreciate every ounce of adult creativity and extra hours that go into making the program a special place to be. We’re hoping to highlight it in our annual report to Wal-Mart!”
In California, the San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sacramento county areas were chosen to be the recipients of the funding. Wal-Mart and the National Summer Learning Foundation chose THINK Together because it was already operating in Los Angeles and Sacramento and was planning to open summer programs in San Diego
Yearly, each Wal-Mart store is given $1,000 in gift cards to give to teachers in order to counterbalance out of pocket costs. The corporate office of Wal-Mart decided to combine its summer program support with the gift card program.
The corporate office is now giving $50 gift cards to every teacher at the schools involved in the summer program, regardless of whether the teacher participates in the summer teaching or not.