Gateway school given grant from new Monroeville store |
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Dillon Carr

Burlington Coat Factory presented a $10,000 check to a Gateway elementary school two weeks before the store is scheduled to open a site near the Monroeville mall.

The grant is part of the company’s initiative it has with, a national fundraising organization.

Julie Roar, a Burlington district manager, presented the check to Cleveland Steward Elementary teachers and the school’s principal during an assembly Aug. 29.

“We like to partner with schools in neighborhoods we’re located in,” Roar said, adding the money will help offset teachers’ costs for supplies.

According to, teachers spend around $740 of their own money each year to buy supplies like pencils, markers and paper for their students heading into a new school year.

Burlington joined the organization’s efforts to raise money for teachers three years ago by inviting customers at checkout to donate. In 2017, the company’s 599 participating stores raised $1.5 million, benefiting 3,000 teachers and 75,000 students, according to a Burlington news release.

For each new store that opens, Burlington donates $10,000 to a school in the area. That’s how Gateway School District was able to receive the grant this time around.

Burlington expects to open the Monroeville store Sept. 11, with a grand opening slated for Sept. 13. It will be located along Mall Boulevard in the same storefront that house Toys ‘R Us. Burlington has sites in West Mifflin, Downtown Pittsburgh, Ross Township and Greensburg.

Michael Jack, the building’s principal, said he is grateful for Burlington’s grant that will be split between the school’s 28 teachers.

The full-time teachers will receive $416 and a handful will get half that because they are only at the school for part or half of the day, Jack said.

He said each teacher will be set up with an online account from which they can purchase items from affiliated vendors who sell educational items.

Gateway held its first day of class Aug. 22.

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