BJ's Wholesale Club plans to partner with 215 schools through the organization's Adopt-A-School program. At the beginning of each school year, every BJ's Wholesale Club and Distribution Center partners with a local school to help enhance existing curriculum.
Schools participating in the program receive a one-time, $500 donation in the form of a check or a club gift card. The donation goes toward discretionary programs, such as field trips and special events, reading programs or other educational needs. The schools also receive a complimentary BJ's membership, offering access to supplies to help them throughout the year.
"Helping to provide kids with exciting learning opportunities like meeting penguins up close, exploring life-size models of dinosaurs and reading the best of Dr. Seuss are some of the many reasons why we support local schools," said Jessica Newman, assistant VP of community affairs and communications at BJ's Wholesale Club. "We continue to run BJ's Adopt-A-School program year after year because principals and teachers tell us that our partnership provides them with necessary supplies and event funding that they otherwise may not have."
Now going into its 19th year, BJ's Adopt-A-School program has provided $1.7 million in funding to thousands of schools.
Click here to see the complete list of schools that have partnered with their local BJ's for the 2014-2015 school year.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club operates 203 clubs and 117 gas stations in 15 eastern states.