by Lisa Tome
When Scott Oshiro received a windfall last week, the first thing he thought of was a student in need.
Oshiro, a special education teacher at Rising Sun Middle School, was one of 20 school staffers who received a free $50 Walmart gift card.
"I am going to use mine for a student incentive. I have a student who is learning responsibility. He wants to do odd jobs. I'm going to buy supplies so he can do odd jobs," said Oshiro. He explained that he wanted to use his gift to make a difference in the life of a student. "We are teaching life and job skills. I already feel like I won by working here," said Oshiro, who is new to the school this year.
Lloyd Rabuck, General Manager of the North East Walmart, turned out at the school last week for a staff appreciation day. Rabuck said before taking a job with Walmart, he wanted to be a teacher.
He said that Walmart has a teacher recognition program. During October each year, a school is selected. Each staff member received a gift package. There were also cupcakes for all and a drawing for the gift cards.
"You don't have to shop at Walmart to be appreciated, but we are glad when you do," said Rabuck.
Tina Sheffler is personnel coordinator at North East Walmart. She also attended Rising Sun Middle School when the building was still Rising Sun High. "Being here is very surreal. I get the hebbie jeebies. It's been so long but it's neat to step back into it," said Sheffler.
Sheffler was responsible for selecting the school which would receive the gifts this year. "We give out stuff to other schools as well, but they do a phenomenal job here," said Rabuck.
The other school personnel who won gift cards are: Hannah Diehl, Tricia Miller, Adrienne Phillips, Emily Kumpf, Christy Hughes, Lichi Curtis, Kathryn Miles, Deborah Kain, Kelly Reisler, Deborah Schertz, Shirley Underwood, Betty Grooms-Baker, Elizabeth Jacobs, Anne Polakovic, Kathleen Morton, Carol Mangano, Donna Witkowski, Allison Graham, and Barbara Mehr.