Subaru South Boulevard Delivers Books And Shoes To Montclaire Elementary School For Subaru Loves Learning Initiative

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Montclaire Elementary School became the beneficiary of the Subaru Loves Learning Initiative in partnership with Subaru South Blvd.

As part of the national initiative, the school received 150 science books along with 150 inspirational bookmarks to encourage young readers.

Subaru South Blvd chose to participate in the optional gift card offered for the first time this year through the national program and presented Leora Itzhaki with a $1000 Staples® gift card to use for the purchase of equipment or supplies of her choice.

Montclaire Elementary School was chosen as Subaru South Blvd’s partner by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. Once the partnership was announced last spring, Subaru South Blvd staff visited the school to introduce themselves and explain the Subaru Loves Learning program in order to maximize the benefits of the partnership.

Staff volunteered as EOG proctors and provided lunch for the entire staff in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Historically, a school supply drive is part of Subaru Loves Learning but during these visits, the staff shared that their community had other more pressing needs, including shoes for students.

Thanks to the generosity of Shoe Carnival, Subaru South Blvd was able to donate 100 pairs of new sneakers to Montclaire. The shoes will form a pantry and if a child presents with shoes they’ve obviously outgrown, have worn out or are not seasonally-appropriate – the school’s leadership will be able to privately gift the student with a new pair of shoes.

Throughout Subaru Loves Learning month, a portion of every transaction at Subaru South Blvd was designated to purchase shoes, guests were encouraged to donate and team members contributed to the shoe fund. Shoe Carnival donated shoes and provided savings on their inventory to make the donation possible.

Margaret Marshall, District 5 School Board Representative, stated “Thanks so much for this thoughtful way to partner with our students. Shoes on their feet, books in their hands, and dreams in their heads are a great formula for success!”

Ms. Marshall attended the presentation, along with James Jones, District Operations Manager, Shoe Carnival; Mike VanBlaracom, General Manager, Shoe Carnival; Jodi Sandate, Senior Media Specialist, WCCB; Brian Smith, President, Carolina Custom Garages (and Montclaire alumnus); Yasmine I Young, Community Partnerships and Family Engagement, CMS; Robin Brown, Community Partnerships and Family Engagement, CMS;

The attendees signed up to read to classes after the presentations and enjoyed spending time with the students and sharing their love of reading.  Leora Itzhaki, Principal, Montclaire Elementary; Patricia Capozzi, Assistant Principal, Montclaire Elementary welcomed the visitors and demonstrated the passion and dedication of the Montclaire staff.