You may have heard about organizations adopting a highway, but have you heard about companies adopting a classroom?
That’s exactly what Camden-headquartered Subaru of America did. Except the automaker didn’t adopt just one — it adopted all sixth- through eighth-grade classrooms in the Camden City School District.
Part of its Subaru Loves Learning initiative, a partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, the move covers seven middle schools, 88 classrooms and 1,184 students, according to an Aug. 31 announcement.
On Sept. 1, Subaru also announced that vehicle sales for August were up 1.5% compared with August 2021.
In addition to helping teachers purchase supplies for their classrooms, the initiative will also provide classroom essential kits, packed by Subaru employees themselves.
“All students deserve the tools to thrive and succeed in the classroom, and we want our friends and neighbors in Camden to have every opportunity to get a great education and achieve their goals,” Subaru of America President and CEO Thomas Doll said in a statement.
School Superintendent Katrina McCombs thanked the automaker for helping teachers focus on education instead of worrying about supplies.
“Middle school is a pivotal moment in a child’s education and lacking essential learning materials adds extra burdens to students, parents and classrooms,” McCombs said.
In 2021, Subaru adopted all kindergarten classrooms in the school district. Since 2016, the company has provided more than 160 scholarships to graduating seniors from Camden schools.