North Park Subaru partnered with to surprise teachers at Harmony Hills Elementary School with a $7,500 donation and 15 school supply kits during an Aug. 31 back-to-school celebration.

According to a news release, the donation was made as part of Subaru Loves Learning, a national initiative led by Subaru of America that helps to provide funding for teachers at high-needs schools nationwide to buy school supplies and resources.

The release states North Park Subaru’s donation will benefit more than 375 students by providing teachers with $500 each to buy supplies for the school year.

Stephen Markham, North Park Subaru general manager, said he and his colleagues sought to ensure teachers and students in their neighborhood are excited for a new school year and have the resources needed to succeed.

“The Subaru Loves Learning initiative is one of the many ways North Park Subaru gives back throughout the year, and we’re grateful to partner with Harmony Hills Elementary School and to make a lasting impact,” Markham said in a statement.

The release states more than 92% of classrooms have students whose families cannot afford to buy school supplies for their children. This results in many teachers spending on average $860 of their own money to fill the gap for students and equip their classrooms, the release states.

School Principal Carri Elliot said the continued support from North Park Subaru and the Subaru Loves Learning initiative is appreciated by Harmony Hills Elementary School teachers, staff, students and families.

“With this donation, we will be able to provide additional support for essential items to help our students succeed during the upcoming school year,” Elliot said in a statement.

During the Aug. 31 event, Harmony Hills was also presented with grant funding from North East Educational Foundation and NEISD Partners in Education.