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Ville Platte Walmart associate one of 12 in nation to win $10K grant from store

Posted at 7:21 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 20:21:41-05

A Walmart associate's act of kindness is garnering national attention, and helping Ville Platte's school district.

Nicole Terry is one of 12 associates in the nation to win $10,000 thanks to Walmart's Associate Challenge.

The challenge awards those who are making a difference in their communities.

Terry teaches Zumba to Job for America's Graduate's students after school and in the summer months to help encourage health and fitness.

Baton Rouge Walmart associate Grace Guy was also selected as one of the 12 winners from across the country.

Only the associates and a representative from the nonprofit Job for America's Graduate Program knew they were contest finalists. The finalists believed they were going to their Walmart store to make a video of their final pitch to in the hopes of receiving a grant.

Dianna Johnson from the Ville Platte school district and program lead for Jobs for America's Graduate's Program was also on hand for the surprise.

However, they were surprised with the news that they had already won.

"In Ville Platte, it's kind of a lower poverty and I know they struggle to send kids to Washington, D.C. and stuff like that. So I thought it would be great and give them a benefit," explained Terry.

Terry says she plans to continue to help the program with her winnings.