Fifty teachers were picked through a raffle run by football star Mike Adams to receive $200 to spend on classroom supplies at the Dollar Tree store on West Broadway.
Adams greeted the teachers at the store on Saturday. Each teacher won $200 to spend at the store.
“Every year I like to do something during back to school for the kids of Paterson,” said Adams. “This year I decided to see how impactful it would be to give back directly to the teachers. I’m excited to be able to help where I can.”
Adams’ nonprofit organization the Team Adams Foundation held the online raffle. It’s not clear how many teachers entered the contest. He initially wanted to pick 25 winners, but ended up picking 50.
“Teachers give of themselves every day, and often make personal sacrifices in order to provide their students a suitable learning environment,” said assistant superintendent Cicely Warren, who was present at the dollar store along with other district officials and mayor Andre Sayegh. “We greatly appreciate Mike Adams’ generosity and thoughtfulness in helping Paterson teachers create awesome classrooms for their students.”
Adams owns a company, Mid-Atlantic Alliance, that’s part of a collection of companies that will benefit through the $76 million Hinchliffe Stadium restoration project. His firm will handle the operation of the exhibition and restaurant at the renovated stadium.