After a recent surprise visit by Oscar winning actor and musical artist Common, teachers and students at The Renaissance School of the Arts in East Harlem have something extra to look forward to this school year.
Common teamed up with AdoptAClassroom and our partner Burlington stores to help these teachers buy supplies and materials for their classrooms through AdoptAClassroom.org with a $10,000 donation.
You too can help support our efforts when you shop for Back to School this season by donating a $1 or more at any Burlington location through August 19th. Click here to find a store near you.
Common also took some time at the school to speak with students and share some words of advice. He encouraged kids to stay in school and talked about the importance of good grades, perseverance, and pursuing dreams. Dr. Mahalia Hines, Common’s mother, supported the event as a former teacher and principal for more than 30 years. Dr. Hines drew upon her experience as an educator and a member of the Chicago Board of Education to speak about the importance of supplies in the classroom and how many pay for basic materials out of their own pockets.
Don’t forget to visit a Burlington store by August 19th to make a donation!