Twenty teachers at 34th Avenue Elementary School were honored Oct. 25 by the Walmart 2012 Teacher's Award program that recognizes educators for outstanding services.

Twenty teachers at 34th Avenue Elementary School were honored Oct. 25 by the Walmart 2012 Teacher’s Award program that recognizes educators for outstanding services.

During an after-school meeting, Linda Watson, interim superintendent of Pine Bluff School District, applauded the teachers for their excellent performance in meeting the district’s Annual Measureable Objectives (AMO) for the 2011-2012 school year.

Walmart’s store managers Randall Nichol and Della Monroe presented $50 Walmart gift cards to the 20 teachers for improving student achievement in the district.

Watson, Verneice Lowery, 34th Avenue’s principal, and school board President Piccola Washington, who wanted to express their appreciation for the successful joint venture, also presented Walmart gift cards to the other support staff during the 2011-2012 school year, a spokesman said in a news release.

“They are extremely proud of the school’s efforts and wanted to celebrate their accomplishment of being identified as a high achieving school with special recognition,” the spokesman said. “Kudos goes out to Mrs. Lowery and the 34th Avenue Elementary School staff for promoting student learning and achievement.”

Watson encourages all of the other schools in the district to keep up the good work and stay committed to serving students with the highest standard in order to prepare them for the opportunities of the future, the news release said.

“Many thanks to Walmart for acknowledging the value of teachers and for implementing a program that lets them know that all of their hard work does not go unnoticed,” the spokesman said.