PERRYVILLE - A comment from a Perryville Elementary School fifth-grader helped win a generous cash prize for the school from Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Danville.
James Sprague, a science teacher in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, was named "Teacher of the Year" Thursday by the Danville Wal-Mart after fifth-grader Kristen Adams submitted Sprague's name in the contest saying, "He's cool, funny, a dare devil, gives us candy. He has animals like lizards."
Sprague received a $1,000 grant for the school, a $100 gift card to buy supplies for his classroom, a Teacher of the Year polo shirt and personalized certificate.
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates across the county announced the names of local winners this week in connection with National Teacher's Day on Tuesday. One teacher was chosen as a local winner by each Wal-Mart store, Sam's Club, Neighborhood Market store and Wal-Mart Distribution Center. More than 4,000 teachers, nominated by students and members of the communities, were honored this year.