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Oscar Winning Actor, Artist and Activist, Common, Joins and Their Partner Burlington Stores for the Second Year to Support Teachers and Students in Need


Funds Raised Through Burlington Stores Provide Students and Teachers
with the Resources and Supplies to Succeed

96% of teachers nationwide bear the cost each year to equip their
classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn. To help
alleviate this burden,, the award-winning national
non-profit organization that helps students and teachers get the
materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, has teamed up
for the second consecutive year with the national off-price retailer,
Burlington Stores to support teachers and students nationwide through a
chain-wide point-of-sale campaign going on now through August 18.
Showcasing his dedication to the cause is Oscar Winning Actor, Artist
and Activist, Common, who is once again joining forces with and their partner Burlington Stores this
back-to-school season. Together with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines, a
35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, he has worked
tirelessly to help hundreds of students have the resources and
opportunities they need to have a successful future.

On average, teachers spend more than $740 each year to equip their
classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn, a spending
increase of nearly 25% over the last three years. Further, more than 28%
of teachers spend over $1,000 each year to equip their classrooms with
basic school supplies. Through this campaign, Burlington's goal is to
fund classroom resources that teachers need to do their job, helping to
ensure all students have an equal chance to learn and succeed.

This morning, Burlington Stores,, Common and Dr.
Hines surprised P.S. 111 with a $10,000 donation. This school adoption
provides all teachers with funding to ensure they can prepare their
classrooms ahead of the school year. Common and Dr. Hines then spent
time with fourth and fifth grade students from P.S. 111, viewing some of
their creative works including paintings and songs and learning about
the inspiration behind them.

"Spending time with students and teachers from P.S.111 this morning was
a great reminder about how important it is to support schools and get
them the supplies they need," said Common. "My Mother has been in the
Chicago school system for more than 35 years, and I am honored to do my
part to help teachers get the materials they need to help their students

The national point-of-sale campaign kicked off in all 640 plus
Burlington Stores nationwide on July 8. Customers are encouraged to
donate $1 or more at checkout through August 18 to support To further demonstrate Burlington's commitment to
giving back to the communities that it serves, funds raised will be
donated to a nearby classroom where there is a Burlington store, and for
the retailer's new stores opening this fall and spring, each new
location will ‘adopt' every teacher in a local school.

"At Burlington, we are dedicated to supporting the communities where we
live and work and for the second consecutive year, we are pleased to
partner with and we are honored that Common has
continued his commitment to our effort. The funding raised in our stores
will help to support teachers as they fill their classrooms with the
tools their students need to succeed. Last year, we were able to provide
assistance to more than 3,000 teachers and their 75,000 students, and
with this year's campaign, we look forward to furthering our impact,"
said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.

"It means a lot to and the teachers we support to
have Burlington as a second-year sponsor," says Ann Pifer, executive
director of "Our public/private partnership with
Burlington, Common and Dr. Hines is a great example of the good we can
do when we all work together."

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About Burlington Stores, Inc.

Burlington is a national off-price retailer offering style for less at
up to 65 percent off other retailers' prices every day. Departments
include ladies' dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories,
menswear, family footwear and children's clothing. It also includes an
assortment of furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home
décor and gifts, along with the largest selection of coats in the nation
for the entire family. Burlington has more than 640 stores in 45 States
and Puerto Rico. For more, and to view our Pricing Policy, visit

About empowers teachers by providing the classroom
supplies and materials needed to help their students learn and succeed.
As an award-winning 501(c)(3), makes it easy for
individual donors and corporate sponsors to donate funds to K-12
classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S. On
average, teachers spend $740 of their own money each year to equip their
classrooms - 28% of teachers spend more than $1000 annually. Since 1998 has raised more than $35 million and
benefited more than 4.25 million students.
holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, or
to adopt a classroom, please visit

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