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published on 02/07/2007



This Thursday marks the kickoff of a brand new partnership between Wal-Mart and the Creative Discovery Museum, to sponsor Wal-Mart Free Family Nights at the Museum.

On the second Thursday of every month, the Creative Discovery Museum will stay open after regular operating hours, from 5:30-8 p.m., free of charge for the entire community. Adults and children are invited both to play and to learn from community agencies how to improve the quality of children's lives.

February 8 will also be a special celebration of the new partnership. From 5:30-8 p.m., there will be punch, cookies, music and giveaways, and Wal-Mart will provide free vision screenings. At a short program beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wal-Mart executives will present a special oversized check to the Museum, representing their support, and Mayor Ron Littlefield will make remarks.

“We are proud to support the Creative Discovery Museum and we are thrilled to kick-off Wal-Mart Free Family Nights,” said Jeff Eversole, Wal-Mart market manager. “The museum provides so many great opportunities for the families in our community to explore fun and educational activities and exhibits."

“At Wal-Mart we’re committed to supporting organizations like Creative Discovery Museum that clearly make a difference in the lives of our customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods," added Mr. Eversole. "In 2006, the seven Wal-Mart Supercenters located in Hamilton County have donated more than $209,500 to a wide variety of local charities, demonstrating their commitment to the residents of this community.”

"The Creative Discovery Museum is honored to have Wal-Mart as a major sponsor. Wal-Mart Free Family Nights are an opportunity for families to come play together that might not otherwise have that opportunity," said Henry Schulson, director of the Creative Discovery Museum.

In addition to the opportunity for families to play together, Wal-Mart Free Family Nights give access to important information and services that enhance children's quality of life. A different topic is presented every month by community agencies. Literacy is on the agenda nearly every month, as United Way presents Project Ready for School, and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library helps children families sign up for library cards.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, more than 127 million customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year (2006 totals not yet available) gave more than $245 million to local United States communities. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmart.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.

About CDM
Creative Discovery Museum is recognized as one of the top children’s museums in the nation. It is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to educational enrichment for children ages 4-months to 12-years-old through interactive, hands-on experiences that foster creative and critical thinking. CDM focuses on a broad range of areas encompassed by Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Technology and the Sciences. In addition to its exhibits, CDM provides local residents and visitors with special events, educational programming, teacher resources for the classroom, field trips, after school programming, early childhood education classes, artist residencies, camps, art lessons, science demonstrations, and a branch of the local library. Creative Discovery Museum is a funded agency of Allied Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission.

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