Local Educators Go Back To School Shopping With The Governor

Governor Sonny Perdue kicked off a tour Friday of five Georgia cities including Columbus to start the tax-free holiday weekend.  The governor along with a group of teachers from Muscogee County School District shopped till they dropped for school supplies.

The gift cards will allow thousands of teachers to spend one hundred dollars to help buy supplies for their classrooms.  Some say every little bit, will help them stay out of their personal pockets.  "I think it is great.  Sometimes we spend our own personal money to help buy supplies for our classrooms," Debbie Moore, teacher.

The governor feels this token will help many teachers get the new school year off to a great start.  "This is a tangible token of appreciation.  Teachers have accepted it that way and they are grateful," said Perdue.

John Phillips superintendent of Muscogee County Schools is happy to see the governor request more money for teachers to use in the classrooms.

The governor says the hundred dollars is a token of appreciation from him and the legislature.

The Georgia Department of Administration services distributed approximately 115,000 Bank of America Visa debit cards to teachers throughout Georgia to use for back to school supplies.  They will be able to use the cards throughout the sales tax holiday, which ends at midnight on Sunday.