EDISON - The mother of a James Monroe Elementary School student organized a benefit car show Sunday in an effort to raise money to help teachers purchase supplies they lost during a devastating March blaze.

Stephanie Arozamena told News 12 that James Monroe school was there for her when her home burned down in 2011. She was looking for a way to pay it forward.

The car show she organized brought close to 200 cars to Papaianni Park, including a 1922 Ford Model T owned by the father of a James Monroe student.

News 12 was told that the event raised more than $5,000.

An online donation page has also been established for the teacher’s supply fund.

Investigators say a janitor who worked at the school threw away a lit cigarette, which ignited the fire that destroyed the school.