Student Letter Prompts Walmart to Donate School Supplies
by Michele Earle
October 16, 2013 • 1,093 views
A writing assignment in an 8th grade English class at Madrid Middle School led to a generous donation from the Rosemead Walmart store of school supplies and gift cards for the students and teachers.
Giving his students practice in writing business letters, English teacher, Doug Jones asked them to construct a letter to local businesses seeking donations for their school. Eighth grader, Adriana Hurtado wrote to the Rosemead Walmart store and staff members there were so touched by her letter they decided to make a donation.
“Adriana’s letter was well written and very heartfelt,” said Bertha Bonilla, Personnel Manager of the Rosemead Walmart. “She kindly asked for donations of school supplies because the severe funding cuts to education over the past few years really affected her school. The statement that really caught my eye was that she stated she understood if we weren’t able to grant her request and thanked us for being an affordable store where she could get anything she needed,” said Bonilla.
Students were surprised when the Walmart representatives delivered a huge box of school supplies to their classroom and presented Adriana with a gift bag to thank her for her letter. In addition to the classroom donation, the Rosemead Walmart store also donated twenty $50 gift cards that were raffled off to Madrid’s teachers.
“Thank you so much for this extraordinary donation,” said Jones. “I want my students to get practical experience writing business letters and I’m thrilled that they can see that their writing skills can pay off with a donation like this. We really appreciate your response to Adriana’s request and are overwhelmed at this generous donation,” Jones added.
Students were happy to see the calculators, erasures, pens, folders, notebooks, rulers and many other supplies that will support them in class.
Madrid Principal, Bonnie Tanaka thanked the Walmart representatives for their commitment to education and for always being such a great supporter of Madrid Middle School.
“We are extremely grateful to Walmart for always supporting our school. These supplies and gift cards and the delicious cake you brought mean a lot to our students and staff. It’s wonderful that you and the Walmart stores value education and truly are committed to supporting the youth in the community.”