Subaru donates school supplies to Camden teachers

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the start of the new school year fast approaching in New Jersey, Subaru is helping teachers in the Camden City School District prepare.

Each grade 6-8 teacher receives $500 from Subaru to purchase school supplies. Teachers there usually have to spend their own money to support their students.

“You’d be surprised. The basics,” said Camden City School District Superintendent Katrina McCombs. “Pens, pencils, glue, glue sticks, scissors, just the basics, crayons.”

McCombs thinks that kind of support from a corporate partner with roots in the city really makes a difference.

“Even though every school in the district has a budget and receives supplies, there are special things our teachers love to do in the classrooms,” McCombs said. “And so that allows them to continue to be creative.”

Subaru’s headquarters are in Camden, and senior vice president Alan Bethke says community involvement is a key part of the company’s mission. Bethke says they’ve donated more than $1 million over the past year.

“Our employees volunteered over 2,700 hours, again in the last year alone, for charities in Camden,” Bethke said.

In total, the sponsorship concerns approximately 90 classes and nearly 1,200 students.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Mike Dougherty/KYW Newsradio

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