Thursday November 14th, 2013 - 10:03AM
National nonprofit organization, AdoptAClassroom.org, and JCPenney dispersed more than $1 million to teachers registered with adoptaclassroom.org, many who teach in JCPenney store communities across the country. The funds dispersed today were raised during the month of August through JCPenney's charitable giving program, jcp cares, when back-to-school shoppers were invited to round up their JCPenney purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to AdoptAClassroom.org.
The $1 million raised in August was awarded today to nearly 7,000 teachers and will be used to assist them in purchasing school supplies for their classrooms.
Each of JCPenney's stores adopted a teacher in its local area and provided them with a $400 grant to purchase much-needed classroom supplies. The remaining amount of just over $500,000 was dispersed to teachers registered with AdoptAClassroom.org whose classrooms have yet to be adopted. An additional 5,694 teachers will be surprised with a $100 donation to their AdoptAClassroom.org account, which they can use to shop from the organization's network of more than 40 vendors.
"Our friends at JCPenney and their customers have made an incredible contribution to our cause. Thanks to the support from their round up campaign this past August, we will be able to help nearly 7,000 teachers nationwide," said Bob Thacker, executive director, AdoptAClassroom.org. "Partners like JCPenney are instrumental in our mission to end teacher-funded classrooms and provide teachers with the resources needed for student success."
"We are thrilled that with the support of our customers we have been able to make a difference in helping out teachers across the country," said Miki Woodard, jcp cares president and vp/philanthropy for JCPenney. "Working with AdoptAClassroom.org gave us the opportunity to further a cause that we know is close to the hearts of both our customers and our associates."