The new Burlington store at the Plymouth Meeting Mall celebrated its opening with a $10,000 donation to the teachers at Plymouth Elementary School (PE) and Conshohocken Elementary School (CE). Burlington's Store Manager Christy Bailey and Regional Vice President Richard Catapano made the announcement as surprise special guests at a full-school assembly at PE on September 27.
"We just opened our store a week ago, and now we'd like to give back to the community," said Ms. Bailey.
Accompanied by a gymnasium of nearly 600 kindergarten through third graders, noisemakers and confetti, the pair presented a large check to PE Principal Rosemarie Gregitis and CE Principal Denise Marks.
"It was so exciting, because the teachers had no idea they were getting this amazing gift," said Mrs. Marks.
The donation will be split evenly between the teachers in the two schools, which means that each teacher will each receive credit good at nearly 30 different teacher supply companies who have partnered with AdoptAClassroom.org.
"Teachers are very dedicated to their students, and oftentimes, they have to reach into their own pockets," said Mr. Catapano. "What this does is help the teachers give back to the students and make their classrooms more engaging."
While the students will benefit from additional resources in the classroom, the children's main takeaways from the assembly were celebrating their teachers and making connections in the community.
"It's about building relationships," said Laura Rodenbaugh, a second grade teacher at PE. "The students get to learn how communities work and that we are able to lean on each other and help each other."
Burlington requested that their gift go to a Title I elementary school in the District. Since Colonial has two schools that qualified, the company spread the donation to both PE and CE. Burlington, in partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, makes a donation to a local school in each Grand Opening market to celebrate a new store location.