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Lowe's Toolbox for Education Announces $2.4 Million in Grants to Schools Nationwide

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Grants provide funding for nearly 600 projects benefiting K-12 public education

MOORESVILLE, N.C., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million in Lowe's Toolbox for Education® grants to 597 schools in 47 states during the program's spring 2014 grant cycle. The grants will fund school-improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education. Lowe's awarded nearly $4 million in grants to 940 schools in 2013.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education awarded $2.4 million in grants to nearly 600 schools during the spring 2014 grant cycle.

"The Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has benefited more than five million schoolchildren since its inception," said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "With the support of Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers, Lowe's is committed to continuing to improve the educational environment for students across the country."

The spring 2014 Toolbox for Education grants will fund public school projects, including technology and safety improvements, library renovations, walking trails and outdoor learning environments. Since its inception in 2006, Lowe's Toolbox for Education has provided more than $40 million in grants to 8,500 schools. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Large schools and school districts are eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000.

"Our school is very thankful for the chance to make some much-needed improvements to our gym," said Jennifer Green, physical education teacher at Harvey Jones Elementary, recipient of a $15,000 grant in Springdale, Arizona. "Lowe's has given us an opportunity to help our current students as well as our future students."

Lowe's spring Toolbox for Education grant recipients include:

  • Harvey Jones Elementary School: A $15,000 grant will enable the school to renovate its gymnasium for the first time in more than 20 years. The grant will fund new flooring and mats to cover the walls. These renovations will make the gym safer for students.
  • Highland High School, Monterey, Virginia: Highland High School received a $25,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant to install new energy-efficient windows. After 50 years of use, the condition of the current windows has led to increased heating and cooling expenses. The new windows will help decrease the school's operating costs.
  • Webster Stanley Elementary School, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: A $5,000 grant will help the school create an accessible playground and a safer place for all children to play. The funds will be used to purchase a roller slide that can be used by children with physical limitations.
  • Edison Elementary School, Centralia, Washington: Edison Elementary School was awarded a $5,000 grant to build an outdoor classroom. The school will purchase new tables, seating for reading and writing, trees and a rain barrel system.

To view the complete list of grant winners and learn more about Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants, visit ToolboxForEducation.com. The fall 2014 grant cycle will open on Aug. 1.

ABOUT LOWE'S
Lowe's, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

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