Academy Sports and Outdoors presents additional $500 gift cards to teachers

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Donna Hall, right, teaching assistant at St. Francis of Assisi School, 1938 Alfresco Place, accepted a gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors representative Amy Morgan on October 14. Nancy Leopold, a third-grade teacher at St. Albert the Great School and Jill Elder, a science teacher and technology specialist at Assumption High School, also received gift cards in October. (Special photo for The Record)

Academy Sports + Outdoors surprised Jefferson County teachers with gift cards last month to thank them for supporting students and finding creative ways to help students learn during the pandemic.

Among those who received gifts were five teachers from Catholic schools. Nancy Leopold, a third grade teacher at St. Albert the Great School and Jill Elder of Assumption High School received $500 gift cards on October 1 (details and photos were published in The Record on October 8). Additional gift cards were presented on October 14 to Kathy Blanton and Donna Hall. Kevin Hulsman, a fifth-grade teacher at Holy Spirit School, was also surprised with a gift card.

Kathy Blanton, a fifth grade teacher at St. Andrew Academy, 7724 Columbine Drive, was photographed outside the school on October 14 after being surprised with a $500 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors. (Special photo for The Record)

Kathy Blanton, a fifth-grade teacher at St. Andrew Academy, was named because of her long service to the school and to the Archdiocese of Louisville, according to a school press release. Blanton teaches math, English and religion. She taught and administered in the archdiocese for more than four decades, according to a school statement.

“She was instrumental in navigating the main schedule and setting up the COVID-19 guidelines. She is a dedicated teacher who spends countless hours supporting all students to help them build a better future,” the school said.

Hall, a teacher’s aide at St. Francis of Assisi School, also received a $500 gift card from the store. According to a school statement, Hall spent each week of the summer helping create a safety plan for the school’s reopening.

“She is driven by her love of the students and the school,” the statement said.

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