Walmart recently awarded 20 teachers at Carl Stewart Middle School with $50 gift cards to purchase classroom supplies to help students "start the school year off right," according to a news release.

The Walmart Teacher Rewards program is part of Walmart’s ongoing support of education, according to the news release. The teachers were honored during a recent award ceremony.

The gift cards will help pay for supplies teachers often buy out of pocket.

"Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons and markers," according to the release.

This year, the Walmart program will donate up to $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the U.S. with the cards, the release says. More than 4,600 U.S. Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations can select one local kindergarten through eighth-grade public school and provide reward cards.

Locally, teachers who were recognized at Carl Stewart Middle School are: Brenda Smith, fifth, sixth and seventh grade teacher; Casey Buck, sixth and seventh grade teacher; LaNedra Franklin, sixth grade teacher; Shannon Neblett, fifth, sixth and seventh grade teacher; Kathy Osborn, fifth, sixth and seventh grade teacher; Vickie Bailey, fifth grade teacher; Kerry Hawkins, fifth, sixth and seventh grade teacher; Crystal Rehm, media specialist; Frances McGee, sixth grade teacher; Barry Lueders, seventh grade teacher; Cher Masters, fifth grade teacher; Jan Cunningham, sixth and seventh grade teacher; Megan Swann, fifth grade teacher; Megan Bertin, fifth and sixth grade teachers; Jalisa Allison, fifth grade teacher; Cheryl Morris, fifth grade teacher; Lynn Garrett, sixth grade teacher; Beth Tyler, sixth grade teacher; Sara Copeland, sixth and seventh grade teacher; and Lori Kulbeth, fifth grade teacher.