School No. 5 first-grade teacher Marissa Scorese was chosen by the Burlington department store in Linden to receive a $1,100 grant from the store’s Adopt a Classroom program. 

Pictured above are Burlington Assistant Manager Jammie Crudup, Scorese, School No. 5 Principal Laura Scamardella, and Burlington Store Manager Tym Hanson.

The money for the grant came from Linden store employees asking customers to contribute.

“I know this is going to go a long way,” Hanson said during an informal celebration for Scorese at the store on Friday, Oct. 5. “I have teacher friends myself, and a lot of time they have to take money out of their own pocket to do things for their students.”

Scorese said she wants to use the money to help with the School No. 5 garden, but also to improve her classroom, perhaps by updating her in-class library and reading area “to provide a warm and nurturing environment for my students.”

“I have been teaching in the Linden Public Schools for over 20 years, and it was very humbling to be the teacher selected to represent our district,” she said.