Education is important to the Sparks Toyota family, not only within their company, but within the Horry County community.
The local car dealership has partnered with myhorrynews.com to recognize Horry County Schools educators through the “Teacher of the Month” contest, launching Sept. 1.
Every month, readers can nominate their favorite teachers online on our website. The teacher with the most votes each month will receive a $50 prize provided by Sparks Toyota and a plaque to honor this distinction.
“It focuses attention on what teachers do,” said Sparks Toyota training manager Beth Bellew. “It’s exciting for them and for the students.”
Sparks Toyota was founded in 1982 by Rick Sparks. His son Patrick currently serves as the company’s general manager.
Since its opening, Sparks Toyota has been dedicated to giving back in the community, donating $500,000 to local charities and organizations in the last two years. On the company’s website, you can view many of the organizations that Sparks Toyota has helped with charitable contributions over its 35 years in business.
In May, Sparks Toyota launched a buying program for all employees of Horry County schools, offering them straight discounted pricing. This program applies to all levels of employees, from bus drivers to administrators, “from the person who sweeps the floor to the principal.”
“It’s just a small thing we can do to appreciate them,” the company said of the program. “[Patrick] considers education to be so vital. The Sparks family cares about the people of Myrtle Beach and the future.”
Patrick Sparks attended and graduated from Horry County Schools, so supporting local teachers made sense for him.
Educators can call the dealership and ask for Todd Blackwell or Bellew. The company will provide teachers with a confirmation number, which they can apply when purchasing or leasing their next vehicle.
“It makes it really easy for them,” Bellew said.
Sparks hopes that this program will encourage other local businesses to provide special pricing and programs for educators.
The dealership also offers car buying seminars and is happy to answer questions or come to a school to speak with teachers free of charge.
“We do the same things teachers do – we try to educate the public,” the company said. “We want everyone who walks in the front door to be treated with courtesy and respect. This is a great time for people to buy cars.”
Sparks is also the sponsor of the Fuel the Future scholarship program, providing scholarships for Coastal Carolina University students through an annual charity golf tournament.
“Patrick is an alum and serves on the board of directors at CCU,” Bellew said. “He really cares about the people.”
Sparks Toyota is at 4855 U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach.
Learn more about Sparks Toyota by visiting sparkstoyota.com or calling 866-884-8621.