Published On: Sat, Jul 13th, 2019

Walmart kicks off Back to School season with free in-store events

Walmart stores and Walmart.com are geared up and ready to help students of all ages go back to class with the hottest products at a price tag that won’t break the bank. And, to help families celebrate going back big for the school year, the retailer is hosting a series of free in-store events happening before the first bell rings, including spreading some love for teachers and helping students go back to class with a clean bill of health.

“Walmart has for many years been the destination for students and teachers to get the gear they want for the school year at the prices they need, and that’s still at the top of our list,” said Scott Bayles, vice president of merchandising at Walmart. “We also know this is a busy season for families so we’re looking for new and different ways we can step up to make sure students and teachers have the tools they need to succeed in the new year.”

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Teacher Appreciation

Walmart is kicking things off on Saturday, July 13 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. local time, by recognizing the people who make it happen – our teachers! Educators are invited to come to the store and receive cake and beverages, and a gift bag filled with school supplies and coupons designed to show them some love and set them up for an A+ school year. For more information on where the events are taking place, please visit the event information page on Walmart.com. Hurry in – supplies may be limited!

Walmart Wellness

Charleston Walmart stores will be helping families get a healthy start to the new school year with a Walmart Wellness event on Saturday, July 20. This event provides students and their families access to health services including low cost immunizations, free health screenings and in select locations, free vision screenings. Parents will also be able to speak one-on-one with a Walmart pharmacist about any health concerns they have for their children going into the school year.

Tax-Free Holidays

Walmart stores in Charleston will join in Tax Free Holidays and waive or reduce sales tax on certain items so customers can secure even more savings. To celebrate, customers shopping any of our Supercenter locations in Charleston on Saturday will also be given free donut holes and orange juice between 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. local time. Customers can check out the tax savings website to learn more about specific savings in their state.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

New this year, students are invited to get creative with S.T.E.A.M. activities in store. Kids will be invited to take part in activities like slime making, tie-dye t-shirt making and cereal necklace crafting while they shop for their back-to-school essentials on Tuesday, July 27 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. local time. For more information on where the events are taking place, please visit the event information page on Walmart.com. Supplies are limited for each store.

Stuff the Bus

At nearly 3,000 stores across the country, Walmart will host the Salvation Army for its annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. On Saturday, Aug. 3, customers who visit a participating Walmart store are welcome to donate basic school supplies to be given to local students.

A+ Services on Walmart.com

Whether getting everything on the list for students going into first grade or their first semester of college, customers can count on us to have the back-to-school gear they need no matter how they want to shop, including:

  • Teacher’s Lists on the Walmart app allow customers to search for a specific school supply list at their school of choice. And to make shopping even easier, there is an “add all items to cart” function.
  • Pickup Today for customers to order items online and pick up in store on the same-day.
  • Online Grocery Pickup and Delivery, where customers can order select grocery and back-to-school items online for pickup in store or delivery to their homes.
  • Order & Hold, which allows students and parents to order items online in one state to be held at a store of their choice in another in select markets, so that students don’t have to lug items, like futons, when they move to college.
  • NextDay delivery or free two-day shipping without a membership on orders over $35, depending on eligibility and customer location.
  • Premium Delivery which offers delivery directly to the room of choice and packaging removal for eligible freight items, like furniture, among other large items. The new service starts at $29.

From supplies to samples, Walmart is excited to be the retailer customers can count on all season long.

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart  and on Twitter athttp://twitter.com/walmart.

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