Wal-Mart grants go to local school and baseball team   

By Staff Reports

ÊÊ  Little Milligan Elementary and the Dizzy Dean Baseball Team were recently awarded grants from the Elizabethton Wal-Mart store. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a financial supporter of communites and non-profit organizations, donates money nationwide.
  The Elizabethton Wal-Mart store has donated $13,250 community-wide since January.
  Little Milligan Elementary received $1500 through the Elizabethton Wal-Mart's "Words Are Your Wheels" literacy grant program aimed at helping improve the "literacy level" in America.
  Principal J.R. Campbell, accepting the check for Little Milligan, said, "Wal-Mart is really an unsung hero in our community. They have donated to Little Milligan several times in the past couple of years."
  Janet Hill, an Elizabethton Wal-Mart employee for 23 years, along with assistant manager Rudolph Allen, presented the check to Campbell. "People in our society still can't read, and it's up to us to give them that head start," said Hill.
  In 2001, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. took on the challenge of helping to improve the "literacy level" in America, and "Words Are Your Wheels" was launched as a corporate literacy theme. According to Wal-Mart, as a company they feel the need to take a leading role in creating a more productive America.
  About 135 students attend Little Milligan, according to Campbell. "That money can go a long way for the number of students we have. Little Milligan is in the process of starting a new after school program, to make reading more interesting for lower achieving students. The donated funds from Wal-Mart will go to operation costs and new reading books for the library."
  The local Wal-Mart store also donated $1000 through the company's community grant program to the Elizabethton Dizzy Dean Baseball team. Although players have been participating in the Dizzy Dean League for years this is the first year that Elizabethton has had their own league.
  Charles Peters, Dizzy Dean manager, said the money donated will go towards paying for uniforms, sports bags and baseballs for the team. According to Peters, all their equipment will be purchased, locally, so the money goes back into the community.
  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. last year contributed more than $160 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Customers and associates raised an additional $70 million at stores and clubs.