RARITAN, NJ - In a special Google Meet ceremony Tuesday, representatives from the new Burlington store, in Raritan, announced a donation of $10,000 to John F. Kennedy Primary School.
District Manager Kim Marin announced they are giving this donation in celebration of the grand opening of the store, as well as through a partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org.
The money will be divided equally among the staff to be used for supplies for each teacher’s classroom.
“Kids are still learning and teachers are still teaching,” Marin said. “The work you do each and every day is important, and we want to support your efforts so the students can be successful.”
“Thank you for your amazing and tireless efforts every day,” she added, “and I hope this is making your job just a bit easier. We hope this will be a fantastic school year.”
The district said a representative from the national non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org had contacted school administrators to help secure the donation from the national retailer.
JFK Principal Joseph Walsh thanked the retailer for the donation.
“On behalf of all of us at JFK and the school district, we express our gratitude to the new local Burlington store for this generous donation,” he said. “We are grateful for the funds being provided to the teachers.”
Walsh said the money will be used on classroom items to support learning across the grade levels and across the programs.
“We are fortunate to be in a wonderful school community, and I want to reiterate how wonderful and hardworking and dedicated our teachers are,” he said. “They are certainly the most deserving of this kind of community support.”
The store manager said on the call that it is especially gratifying to him to help JFK because his kids were once students there as well.
Interim superintendent Thomas Ficarra thanked the store for the donation.
“I wanted to say congratulations to the JFK students and staff, and, to Burlington, thank you for your generosity and community service,” he said.