Press Release

118 Elementary Schools to Benefit From Partnership With BJ's Wholesale Club

August 17, 2000 10:00 AM EDT

This fall, more than 60,000 students in 118 public schools will benefit from fund-raising assistance, curriculum enhancements, product donations, and community service opportunities provided by BJ's Wholesale Club's Adopt-A-School program. A leading operator of wholesale clubs in the eastern United States, BJ's has dedicated its community outreach efforts to partnering every BJ's Wholesale Club with a local elementary school. This fall, BJ's will celebrate its 5th Anniversary of the Adopt-A-School program by hosting chainwide kick-off events with the schools and students at local BJ's Clubs.

"In an era of tight school budgets and dwindling public resources, BJ's Adopt-A-School program has made a direct impact on the future of school children by helping to address the multitude of needs that schools face," said Jack Nugent, president and CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club. "As we celebrate the program's fifth anniversary, it's amazing to see what can be accomplished when businesses and communities partner in the spirit of supporting local schools. We've worked with students to prepare and serve lunch to the homeless, create books and read to disadvantaged children, and raise money to help fund school needs."

BJ's works closely with school administrators to develop innovative approaches to help enhance school curriculums and assist the school in raising money through special BJ's-funded programs. BJ's also helps organize and sponsor community service programs to give students an opportunity to give back to their communities. Here are some examples:

BJ's assisted more than 3,000 students from local Massachusetts and Rhode Island schools to create more than 2,000 "sibling sacks" filled with snacks, handwritten cards, and novelties for the siblings of children fighting cancer.

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the entire sixth grade class from Hambright Elementary School participated in a job shadowing program at BJ's where they learned to decorate cakes, use the computer, prepare a profit-and-loss statement, and perform other job skills. In Pembroke Pines, Fla., BJ's increased PTA participation at Pine Lakes Elementary School by volunteering to host a PTA Ice Cream Night which had kids, parents, and teachers dancing to music and strobe lights.

BJ's has been recognized by America's Promise/The Alliance for Youth as a Corporate Commitment Maker toward helping 2 million children achieve success by the year 2000. Last year, BJ's exceeded its goal of adopting 100 schools with 108 school partnerships. The program continues to grow and will assist 118 schools this academic year. Chaired by General Colin Powell, America's Promise joins the public and private sectors in an effort to provide five fundamental resources for America's children. These are: an ongoing relationship with a caring adult; a safe place and structured activities; a healthy start; marketable skills through education; and opportunities to give back to society through community service.

Editor's Note: If you would like to cover an Adopt-A-School event in
your area, please contact Nancy Sodano at 651-6857 for more information
SOURCE: BJ's Wholesale Club
Contact: Nancy Sodano of BJ's, 508-651-6857