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Drivers raise almost $2.5K for school

Staff report

From left, Walmart managers Jennifer Kirkland and Will Gordon hand a donation check to Rosemont Elementary School Assistant Principal Marvin Grayson. Local Walmart truck drivers raised $2,475.77 through the Walmart Foundation, which donated 1 cent for each accident-free mile traveled.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WEB1014MilesForEdu.jpgFrom left, Walmart managers Jennifer Kirkland and Will Gordon hand a donation check to Rosemont Elementary School Assistant Principal Marvin Grayson. Local Walmart truck drivers raised $2,475.77 through the Walmart Foundation, which donated 1 cent for each accident-free mile traveled. Submitted

LaGRANGE — The LaGrange transportation office of Walmart Distribution Center chose Rosemont Elementary School to receive a $2,475.77 donation as part of funds raised through the Walmart Foundation.

The Walmart Foundation donated 1 cent for each accident-free mile driven by the carriers at each Walmart transportation office. Schools in each transportation office’s region receive $1,000 to $5,000 based on the safety performance of local drivers. During this year’s program, Walmart transportation offices nationwide raised more than $133,000 to give to schools in their communities, according to a Walmart press release.

“This is just one of the many ways Walmart supports education across the country,” said Howard Mingo, general transportation manager at the LaGrange 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 children.”

Walmart’s Private Fleet is one of the largest in the United States and its more than 11,000 associates, including nearly 7,600 drivers, supporting more than 5,200 Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and Neighborhood Markets in the U.S., according to Walmart officials.

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