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BJ's Wholesale Club Supports Maine Classrooms with $100,000 Donation to DonorsChoose.org

Partnership with DonorsChoose.org funds 165 teacher-led projects benefiting more than 7,700 local students

August 16, 2017 10:30 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine, Aug. 16, 2017 -- BJ's Wholesale Club today announced that it funded all classroom projects listed by teachers in Maine through crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. The $100,000 donation from BJ's Charitable Foundation fulfilled 165 classroom projects, benefiting 7,758 students in schools across the entire state.

"Every teacher and student should have the resources necessary for a successful school year," said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ's Charitable Foundation. "At BJ's, we're committed to helping families thrive by providing essentials to students and teachers, and we're proud to fund all DonorsChoose.org projects in Maine with a $100,000 donation."

BJ's donation supports a diverse variety of projects across the entire state of Maine including the following projects:

  • A collection of beginning chapter books to improve literacy and foster a love of reading among first-grade students at Suzanne M Smith Elementary School
  • Supplies to create basic hygiene packs to equip students at Fred P Hall Elementary School with daily essentials such as socks, body wash, deodorant, and sunscreen
  • Tablets for Auburn Middle School students to explore the art of digital photography, animation and 3-D sculpting

"We're grateful for BJ's continued partnership and their commitment to helping classrooms in need," said Rianne Roberts, partnerships manager at DonorsChoose.org. "Their generous $100,000 donation will help students in Maine have tools and experiences they need for a great education."

As part of its Adopt-a-School program and collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, BJ's has contributed more than $2 million to help equip teachers at over 2,500 public and charter elementary schools with the resources necessary to create innovative lesson plans and meet curriculum objectives.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ's Wholesale Club by going to www.bjs.com.

About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 215 clubs and 132 BJ's Gas® locations in 16 states. 

BJ's provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms® and Berkley Jensen® brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ's is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers' coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

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BJ's is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, DonorsChoose.org has raised over $550 million for America's classrooms. Teachers come to DonorsChoose.org to request materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, over 2.7 million people and partners have funded projects on the site, reaching 23 million students and making DonorsChoose.org the leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. DonorsChoose.org is the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. In 2014, DonorsChoose.org made the top 10 of Fast Company's list of the World's Most Innovative Companies, the first time a charity has received such recognition.
SOURCE BJ's Wholesale Club

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