To celebrate their grand opening, the Burlington Coat Factory in Tucker donated $5,000 to the teachers at Henderson Mill Elementary School.

The donation is a part of a partnership Burlington has with AdoptAClassroom, a national non-profit organization. Each time Burlington opens a new store they work with AdoptAClassroom to identify a local school that would be helped with the donation.

Maisha Coddington, store manager at the Burlington Northlake Tucker, presented the $5,000 check to Principal Cassandra Moore and Assistant Principal Regina Blanton before school Friday.

“It was a great surprise for them,” Coddington said. “They knew there would be a check but they didn’t know the amount.”

Instead of just adopting a classroom, Burlington Northlake Tucker decided to adopt the entire school. The money will go into an account that teachers can draw from to buy classroom and teaching supplies from throughout the year. 

“Giving back to us is really important because we know that without the support of families and community, we wouldn’t be here. That’s the reason why we want to give back to the places that we’re retailers in” Alexander said.

Moore and Blanton said they were excited to return to surprise Henderson Mill’s teachers who had no idea about the donation. In a statement Burlington district manager Monique Alexander spoke about why it’s important to contribute to local schools rather than a national organization.

Maisha Coddington, Cassandra Moore and Regina Blanton (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Burlington Northlake Tucker)