OXFORD – As part of the Good Works Program, Wal-Mart recently awarded a $1,500 literacy grant to Oxford Elementary School to be used for library books.

The school and Wal-Mart have been Partners in Education since November 1999. In the past, Wal-Mart has donated materials and filled special school requests. Smocks, for example, were donated to the school for the students to use in art class.

Alyssa Bouchard, Wal-Mart’s community involvement coordinator, works with Maureen Howard, director of the Oxford Hills Community Education Exchange, and the Oxford staff to plan programs. It is one of 13 school-business partnerships the Oxford Hills Community Education Exchange coordinates in the school district.

Partnerships help reach the mission of the Education Exchange to improve education of students in Oxford Hills by increasing parent, community and business involvement. If a business is interested in becoming involved with students, call Howard at the Education Exchange, 743-8972.

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