Centennial Elementary Teachers, Students Light Up After Surprise Donation

March 13, 2018 07:55 PM

Across Minnesota, school districts are often squeezed for resources.

On Tuesday, though, some teachers got to forget about that burden during an exciting moment for Centennial Elementary students. 


More than 500 students and teachers came together and were presented with a surprise oversized check for $10,000. Nothing like a huge check to make the room light up.

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The teachers were perhaps the most excited. Burlington Stores plans to open a new location in Richfield, so in partnership with Adopt a Classroom, the company made the surprise donation. From the excited screams to the high fives for teachers, it was a day for the Centennial Elementary Yearbook. 

"We all know that teachers take money out of their pockets and spend on their children, so this helps support those teachers," said Richfield Superintendent Steve Unowsky. "There's also the emotional component of this. Knowing that people within our community really support the work that our teachers are doing to help our students and help our community." 

Unowsky says just knowing the community cares about what happens in classrooms makes a big difference on campus. 


Lindsey Brown

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