The Central Virginian and Gordonsville Walmart have partnered to launch a “Read for Literacy” campaign to support the Adult Community Education [ACE] program in Louisa County.
The “Read for Literacy” program started on Thursday, March 20. The Gordonsville Walmart will donate to ACE 15 cents of every The Central Virginian sold inside the store.
“Working with Walmart is about more than selling papers. It’s about strengthening literacy in the community,” Steve Weddle, vice president of the Lakeway Publishers of Virginia Division and publisher of The Central Virginian said. “So, it is good to work with such a strong partner in Walmart, who has shown a commitment to Louisa. It’s rewarding to have a chance to give back to the community.”
The Gordonsville Walmart already supports ACE annually, but the funds generated through the sale of The Central Virginian inside the store will supplement what the store already contributes to the organization. The funds will be presented by Walmart to ACE approximately every six months.
According to Gordonsville Walmart Store Manager Renee Reynolds, customer and employee response to Louisa County’s hometown newspaper being inside the store has been positive.
“They are excited that the papers are in the store,” she said.
And for Reynolds, who has worked with Walmart for 26 years—since her college days—community service is one of many reasons she is proud to be a member of the Walmart team.
“I enjoy working for Walmart, and one of the main reasons is because they do give back to the community and they serve the customers,” Reynolds said.
In addition to ACE, Gordonsville Walmart supports the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce, Relay for Life of Louisa, Children’s Miracle Network, the Louisa Education Foundation’s annual Stuff the Bus event, and donates food three times per week to the Louisa Community Cupboard.
To read the entire story, see the March 27 edition of The Central Virginian.