The Prosper Community is experiencing a commercial explosion with many recent developments including the Gates of Prosper. Burlington Stores will be the next commercial enterprise to open its doors to the Prosper Community. The store will have a soft opening on September 5th with the Grand Opening on Sept. 7.

August 30 found PISD students and staff excited about a long weekend for Labor Day, but an assembly called by Rucker Elementary Principal, Shelly Spears, left the school excited about far more than a long weekend. The new manager at the Prosper Burlington Store, Kerri Turner, was there with a very special announcement for the school.

According to a recent survey of teachers conducted by the Department of Education, 94 percent of public school teachers said that they pay for supplies for their classroom without reimbursement from the school. Reportedly, teachers spend on average $479 of their own money each year buying supplies and equipment for their classroom to improve the educational environment. Almost ten percent of those polled report spending more than $1000 without reimbursement.

The teachers at Rucker Elementary aren’t going to have to do that this year thanks to a $10,000 donation by Burlington facilitated through the Adopt A Classroom program. At the special assembly at Rucker Elementary, the Burlington store manager presented Spears with a check for $10,000. The money will be divided between all of the classroom teachers at Rucker. Each teacher will receive an allotment and will go through the Adopt A Classroom website to purchase materials and supplies for their classroom from the list of Adopt A Classroom approved vendors.

During the last school year, Burlington Stores and Adopt A Classroom adopted more than 70 schools across the nation. For more information on the program, email or look for information on their website Spears said that “Prosper ISD and Rucker Elementary feel especially grateful that we were selected for this honor. We can’t wait to have our teachers spend their allotment to make the educational environment at Rucker even better.”