CAMDEN, NJ— As part of its Subaru Loves Learning initiative, the Subaru of America donated over 5,000 science books to 20 Camden schools earlier this week.

Subaru executives and employees volunteered to deliver the new books to 20 elementary, middle, and high schools across the city in honor of the automaker’s community commitment to its new home, Camden.

Since 2015, Subaru has donated over 10,000 science books to the Camden community and participating retailers have donated over 187,000 science books to schools in communities across the country in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS].

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At Harry C. Sharp Elementary School, Subaru of America President and CEO, Thomas J. Doll was joined Acting State Superintendent Katrina McCombs and Principal Evelyn Ruiz to personally deliver the donated books to the Harry C. Sharp Elementary School students. Following the delivery, Doll read one of the donated science books to a third-grade class.

“At Subaru, we believe in education and are dedicated to supporting organizations that help make learning as accessible as possible. Through our Subaru Loves Learning initiative, we can bring quality educational resources to schools to further continue the education of our youth,” said Doll in a statement. “Since moving our corporate headquarters to Camden in April, it has been an important priority that our company and employees do all we can to make a positive impact on the local youth in our community.”

The Subaru Loves Learning initiative is part of the automaker’s Love Promise philanthropic vision, created to support the causes dearest to Subaru and its owners in their local communities. In partnership with AAAS, Subaru and its retailers donated over 75,000 award-winning science books this past August to schools around the country as part of this program.

“Making dramatic improvements in student literacy achievement is critical to our mission to ensure all Camden students graduate ready to succeed in college and the modern workplace,” McCombs said in a statement.

“The automaker’s generous donation of 5,000 new STEM-related books is a welcome addition to our classroom libraries and our educators’ work to ensure all students have exposure to STEM learning from an early age. Subaru is a great neighbor that really believes in the potential of Camden students. We deeply appreciate the ongoing support they offer our kids and schools," she said.