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Middle Township Elementary #1 Receives $5,000 Donation from New Burlington Store in Rio Grande

Apr 20, 2023

Burlington Representatives hosted Middle Township School District Officials for ribbon cutting and donation celebration at Rio Grande store Grand Opening  

Burlington Store representatives and Middle Township Elementary #1 Principal Christian Paskalides hosting giant check in front of store ribbon cutting ceremony.

Burlington Rio Grande store manager Denise Transue presents Middle Township Elementary #1 Principal Christian Paskalides with $5,000 donation at their ribbon cutting ceremony.

RIO GRANDE, NJ – Middle Township Elementary #1 received a $5,000 donation on behalf of Burlington Stores, a national discount retailer serving the entire family and home, and the national non-profit organization, AdoptAClassroom.org, to use towards school supplies in celebration of its new store opening in Rio Grande. 

On April 14, Middle Township School District (MTSD) staff, including Principal Christian Paskalides and Guidance Counselor Kelly Cox accepted the giant check during the new store’s ribbon cutting.  

“It’s great seeing big corporations coming into our small town, but it’s even better when we see them starting off by giving back,” said Principal Paskalides. “It’s important to be part of the community and this was a great way to show that.”  

Just last month, a representative from AdoptAClassroom.org reached out to district and school administrators to help to secure the donation which will provide over roughly 800 students with new school supplies. The $5,000 will be split between all teachers at the school.  They will have individual accounts to access their portion of the funds and will be able to customize their unique wish list.  

“We are so grateful to our community partners who help make Middle Township a great place to live and learn,” said Superintendent Dr. David Salvo.  “Thank you, Burlington and AdoptAClassroom – this money will go a long way in supporting our teachers and students.” 

“We are proud to be a part of the community,” said Burlington Rio Grande’s store manager, Dennis Transue. “We are excited that the community has welcomed and embraced us with such enthusiasm.” 

Transue also attended an MTE#1 staff meeting days after the ribbon cutting to talk about the company’s charitable endeavors and even gave out tote bags with $5 promotional cards

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