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Franklin Teacher Receives Walmart Community Grant


Franklin Teacher Receives Walmart Community Grant

Principal Lisa Ferrare, Grant Recipient Maria Gallagher, and Ledgewood Walmart Community Involvement Coordinator Sharon Wal  

ROXBURY, NJ (April 4, 2019) – Roxbury Schools is excited to announce that Franklin fourth grade teacher Maria Gallagher recently received a $500 grant from Walmart Giving. Franklin Principal Lisa Ferrare and Maria Gallagher visited the local Ledgewood Walmart recently and met with Walmart’s Community Involvement Coordinator, Sharon Wallman, also a former teacher who nominated Gallagher back in 2015 for the Walmart Teacher of the Year recognition. 

Gallagher applied for this grant to help provide additional enrichment materials to the fourth grade curriculum at the school. The funds will likely be used towards math manipulatives to assist in number fluency in centers and in small group instruction. 

Maria Gallagher and Sharon Wallman “A grant like this will benefit the students through a multi-sensory approach to learning. Having concrete materials in front of them will further support student understanding.” 

The Walmart Community Grants Team and Ledgewood Facility #2569 said, “We are thrilled to support the work in our communities and share your desire to provide local impact.” 

Gallagher appreciates the continued support of Walmart and local businesses. “Many businesses, at both the local and corporate level, have an interest in helping their communities. Most teachers have many creative ideas in how they want to help their students to best learn. When we can connect these two entities together, it makes for a winning combination for our children.” 

Adding, “Grants help teachers to go beyond the curriculum and be creative or resourceful on behalf of our students. They help teachers explore these possibilities beyond what the district provides us allowing us to ‘color outside the lines’ sometimes. My fourth grade team and I are all committed to doing what’s best for our students and to help them be as successful as they can be. The support of our principal further reinforces us having a positive and safe environment for students to explore, wonder, grow, and learn.” 

By receiving this grant, Gallagher is a part of a long history of Walmart’s commitment to giving back to the communities where they operate.  The Walmart Community Grants Team added, “In fact, Mrs. Helen Walton used to say "It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived." 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Schools)


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699. 


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