Today, AdoptAClassroom.org, an award-winning national non-profit, and Burlington Stores, the national off-price retailer, are proud to announce that they’re teaming up for a third consecutive year to continue raising funds for classrooms and students across the country.

Building on these efforts and key program initiatives including the chain-wide point-of-sale campaign, the program launches this year with the help of esteemed actor, Taye Diggs, an advocate for early education, and an additional contribution from Burlington Stores.

This morning, Burlington Stores, AdoptAClassroom.org, and Taye Diggs were joined by the New York City Schools Chancellor, Richard A. Carranza, to surprise teachers spanning the six Manhattan school districts with a $100,000 school supply donation. This is the largest one-time donation that the retailer has made to-date through this program.

“My mother is a teacher, so I grew up in a home where education came first,” said Taye Diggs. “I am incredibly humbled to be able to help spread awareness for this remarkable campaign that helps teachers so that their students get the supplies they need to thrive in the classroom and have the education they deserve.”

“Music has meant so much to me throughout my life, and thanks to the generosity of AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores, arts classrooms across Manhattan will be better equipped for students to learn, be inspired and create,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “I know firsthand that the arts have a transformative power, and I can’t wait to see what our students achieve!”

“At Burlington, we are excited about our continued commitment to supporting teachers and students nationwide and are honored that Taye has joined us in this effort. While we have already donated $3.6 million towards classroom materials for teachers and their students, we look forward to furthering our support so that even more students can learn and succeed,” said CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.

The chain-wide point-of-sale campaign kicked off in all 684 Burlington store locations nationwide on July 8th and will run through August 17th. Customers are encouraged to donate a $1 or more to support the cause. Funds will be donated to a nearby classroom where there is a Burlington store.

Further demonstrating Burlington’s commitment to giving back to communities nationwide, they have launched a new grant program, Adopt My School Sweepstakes*, whereby anyone, age 13 years of age or older, can nominate a school of their choice for the chance to win 1 of 10, $10,000 AdoptAClassroom.org school supply grants. Now, even more schools will be able to receive funding for their classrooms. To learn more and to enter for a chance to win, visit www.Burlington.com/AdoptMySchoolSweepstakes.

“We couldn’t do the work we do without the incredible support from partners like Burlington,” said Executive Director of AdoptAClassroom.org, Ann Pifer. “Burlington has made a significant difference for teachers and students across the country by helping fill the ever-increasing resource gap.”

For more information visit Burlington.com or AdoptAClassroom.org
For more information on the Adopt My School Sweepstakes, visit www.Burlington.com/AdoptMySchoolSweepstakes.

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