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The team at Galt Walmart is happy to help local school children stay motivated during distance learning.

Even with the downturn in business since the start of the pandemic, Galt businesses have found ways to connect to students isolated by distance learning. The donations have poured into Lake Canyon Elementary School in the form of coupons good for yummy eats. Those treats have also made their way to school staff and teachers.

“My staff and all employees are working so hard,” Principal Judi Hayes said. “We so appreciate the local businesses showing their support.”

Kentucky Fried Chicken brought eight-piece meals to every single teacher and custodian, assistant principal and principal at Lake Canyon. Bayside Church treated staff, as well, with pamper and sweet treat packs at a drive-up giveaway.

Hayes said teachers have enough coupons to encourage students well through the fall and even beyond. Coupons for free pizzas from Papa Murphy’s and Dominos, free ice cream from Velvet Grill and Creamery, mochas from Life’s A Grind, treats from Kona Ice and donuts from Fancy Donuts are just a few of the businesses who’ve donated coupons for students.

Walmart recently donated three pallets of school supplies for students at Lake Canyon. Good Day Sacramento hosted a live broadcast from Lake Canyon. The Sacramento Public Library has gifted virtual programs and presentations that students can access.

According to Hayes, these small incentives are a small way to connect to students at home, especially those who are feeling the pains of being without their schoolmates.

Hayes said teachers and staff do everything they can to address social and emotional needs through this pandemic.