JOHNSON CITY - Washington County Board of Education member Eric Barnes said he hopes other businesses will follow suit after a $1,000 donation from Wal-Mart was accepted by the school board Thursday night.
Members unanimously directed the donation to a fund set up for Ridgeview and Grandview elementary schools. The fund will be used to purchase library materials for each new school.
In other business, school board members recognized a number of students for their work inside and outside the classroom this school year.
Boones Creek Middle School student Kaitlyn Crowe read her essay, "Citizenship in America," which recently won her a $7,000 savings bond after placing third in the national Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen Essay Contest.
Believed to be the first student in the state to place in the national essay contest, Crowe compared the different ways one can display citizenship.
"Helping to make democracy work ... taking responsibility for what goes on in our own community are examples of good citizenship," Crowe said. "One who hopes to make choices that are right, not ones that are most easy."
David Crockett High School Principal Henry Marable presented Crockett student athletes David Murray and Ken McGee, who both recently received athletic scholarships to play football at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City. Murray said he plans to study pre-med, while McGee will go into pre-law.
Sulphur Springs Elementary School student Nicholas Combs was recognized by the board as well for winning the county spelling bee. Combs will travel to Knoxville to participate in the regional spelling bee. The winner earns a trip to Washington for the national competition.