AdoptAClassroom.org, announced that more than $2 million has been donated by the national off-price retailer Burlington Stores, the largest donation in the history of the three-year partnership. AdoptAClassroom.org, the award-winning national nonprofit organization that helps teachers get the basic supplies and materials needed to help their students learn and succeed, will use the donation to benefit more than 28,000 teachers and 720,000 students nationwide. This is the largest number of teachers and students reached in a year from a one-time corporate donation to AdoptAClassroom.org.
Burlington hosted this point-of-sale campaign from July 8 to August 17, giving customers the opportunity to donate $1 or more at checkout to support AdoptAClassroom.org. The funds will be used to supply tools and resources in the classroom just in time for the start of the 2019 school year. Over the three years of partnership, Burlington has donated more than $5.5 million in total to AdoptAClassroom.org.
At Burlington, we are committed to supporting teachers and students to ensure they have the resources they need to succeed,” said Tom Kingsbury, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores. “Our hope is that our record-breaking $2 million donation to the organization will make a significant impact at the start of another school year.”
In addition to the point-of-sale campaign this year, Burlington, in partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org launched a new grant program, the Adopt my School Sweepstakes, whereby anyone, age 13 years of age or older, was able to nominate a school of their choice for the chance to win 1 of 10, $10,000 AdoptAClassroom.org school supply grants. This year, even more schools were able to receive funding for their classrooms. As a result, there were more than 10,000 entries and winners will be announced here by October 31, 2019.
More than half of today’s public school children come from families who cannot afford to send them to school with the supplies they need to be successful in school. Our nation’s teachers are filling the gap, purchasing school supplies out of their own pockets for their classroom students, said Executive Director of AdoptAClassroom.org, Ann Pifer. “It is our mission to alleviate the burden faced by our teachers and this incredibly generous donation from Burlington Stores will make an enormous impact.”