BJ's Wholesale Club Selects 204 Local Elementary Schools for 2013-14 Adopt-a-School Program

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BJ's Wholesale Club today announced the elementary schools chosen to be a part of the company's 2013-14 Adopt-a-School Program.  In its 18th year, the program has served more than 2,575 elementary schools across the company's 15-state footprint.  Each school chosen this year will receive a $500 check to use for fieldtrips, special events, new equipment or curriculum enhancements, as well as a one-year membership.

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"Supporting educational programs is an important focus area for BJ's Wholesale Club's charitable giving," said Jessica Newman, assistant vice president of community affairs at BJ's Wholesale Club.  "Our hope is that the schools use this business-to-school partnership to help provide students with opportunities they may not otherwise have."

The Fred C. Underhill School – BJ's 2013-14 adopted school in Hooksett, NH – will use its donation for its first annual Community Barbecue, which is intended to provide connections for families to local resources.  

"There is a lot of evidence that links a safe and positive school environment, coupled with an engaged local community, to successful students, and part of that positive school environment is to  help children learn better communication and collaboration skills," said J. Andrew Bairstow, principal of the Fred C. Underhill School.  "The more our schools and businesses can provide opportunities for children to utilize and see these skills modeled by all members of the school community, the better prepared the children will be on their journeys to college and career readiness."

To learn more about BJ's Adopt-a-School program visit BJs.com/school and to see the full list of adopted schools, please visit 2013-14 schools.

About BJ's Wholesale Club
BJ's is dedicated to providing members with high-quality, brand-name food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores.  BJ's carries the most product variety of any wholesale club with more than 7,000 items, including supermarket-sized staples, USDA Choice meats, all-natural and certified organic products and stock-up items. BJ's is the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturers' coupons and for greater convenience, offers the most payment options including EBT.

Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States.  The Company operates 201 clubs and 114 gas stations in 15 eastern states.  Learn more and shop online at BJs.com or for exclusive content visit BJ's Facebook and BJ's Twitter.

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