TINLEY PARK, IL — The newest Burlington location in Tinley Park has snipped its ribbon and officially opened its doors on Friday. The business moved around the corner to the freshly remodeled Tinley Park Plaza, and donated $5,000 to a Tinley Park elementary school to celebrate.
On Friday, Store Manager John Smeltzer presented the giant check, made out to Community Consolidated School District 146’s Fulton Elementary School. The school is located at 6601 W. 171st St., Tinley Park.
Smeltzer told Patch the purpose of the donation, made through Burlington’s long-standing partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org — a national, tech-based nonprofit that connects donors and sponsors with PreK-12 teachers and schools to help equip more classrooms and students with school supplies — is to help supply teachers and schools with anything that they need most.
“Teachers often have to spend money out of their own pocket, so this gives us an opportunity to give back to the communities that we’re in, and to help them to continue to educate and do what they’re supposed to do without causing hardship on themselves,” Smeltzer said. “A lot of teachers are really committed to their programs and their students, so that’s what the program is for, and we’re glad we could help.”
Fulton Elementary Principal, Megan Mitera, was present at the ribbon cutting ceremony, accepting the large check on behalf of the school. Mitera told Patch that the donation will touch a combined total of about 400 staff and students.
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