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Betsy Amoroso
Mannington Mills
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications




SALEM, NJ, June 21, 2018—America’s schools face many challenges, including finding unique ways to engage and motivate kids in the classroom.  Since today’s students will become tomorrow’s business leaders, Mannington Mills is looking to the future with its support of Atlanta’s innovative Ron Clark Academy.

Recently, Mannington presented Academy co-founders Ron Clark and Kim Bearden with a $25,000 donation to help with ongoing capital funding needs, including the construction of a new building on its current campus.  In addition to donating flooring in the Academy’s current facility, Mannington Commercial (based in Atlanta, GA) has also arranged to donate much of the flooring for the Academy’s new building, too.

Students and teachers enthusiastically respond during Mannington Mills’ check presentation at the Ron Clark Academy. (L to R):
Russell Grizzle, President and CEO at Mannington Mills; Zack Zehner, Sr. Vice President of Distribution Network at Mannington Mills; Ron Clark Academy co-founders Ron Clark and Kim Bearden. 
Photo credit: Mannington Mills

“Innovation is an essential in both business and education,” says Russell Grizzle, President and CEO at Mannington Mills. “Mannington is excited to support the Ron Clark Academy’s unique, uplifting approach to teaching and support its students as they work toward academic success.”

Mannington Commercial luxury vinyl tile (LVT) creates a stylish and modern stage for the dinosaur sculpture located in the Ron Clark Academy.
Photo credit:  Mannington Mills


In 2007, the Ron Clark Academy opened in downtown Atlanta in a 100 year-old renovated factory. Created by teachers Ron Clark and Kim Bearden, who met in 2000 when Disney honored them both with “American Teacher of the Year” awards, the Academy is a non-profit middle school with students in grades 5-8 from a wide range of economic backgrounds. It has received national and international recognition for its success in promoting academic rigor, creativity and increased student engagement in the classroom through unconventional teaching methods. Each year, thousands of educators also participate in educator training programs to learn how to replicate the Academy’s style, philosophy and success in the own schools.

Mannington supports a number of educational programs across the U.S., focusing on communities where it has operations.  For more information, visit

About Mannington Mills
One of the world's leading manufacturers of fine flooring, Mannington Mills, Inc., is based in Salem, New Jersey (USA). The company manufactures residential and commercial sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, resilient and hardwood floors; as well as commercial carpet and rubber under the Mannington Residential, Mannington Commercial, Amtico and Burke brands. Founded in 1915 by John Boston Campbell, the company is still privately held and owned by the Campbell family. Now in its second century of doing business in the USA, Mannington Mills remains committed to quality, customer satisfaction and innovative manufacturing with award-winning product design, state-of-the-art processes and industry-leading programs. 



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