MOORESVILLE, N.C., Feb. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded $2.3 million in Lowe's Toolbox for Education® grants to 515 schools in 46 states during the program's fall 2014 grant cycle. The grants will fund school-improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education during the current school year. Lowe's awarded $4.7 million in grants to more than 1,100 schools this past year.
"The Lowe's Toolbox for Education program delivers on Lowe's commitment to improve the educational environment for students across the country," said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "We're honored to work with schools in our communities to support the needs of our local students, teachers and families."
The 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 $42 million in grants to improve 9,600 schools, benefiting more than 5 million schoolchildren. 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 library has had the same furnishings since opening in the 1970's," said Ginger Corder, librarian at North Coffee Elementary in Manchester, Tennessee, recipient of a $14,000 grant for new furniture and flooring. "With the help of the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant, we will be able to create a space for our students that is safe and inviting while fostering a love and excitement for reading and exploring."
Lowe's fall Toolbox for Education grant recipients include:
- Metcalfe Elementary School, Gainesville, Florida: The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Metcalfe Elementary to build a playground. The school has been without a playground for two years. The new playground will provide students with a safe place to play and exercise.
- Jewell Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado: Jewell Elementary School received a $5,000 grant to convert a mobile classroom into a Parent Resource Center. The mobile classroom was no longer being used, and the school was in need of a place where parents could support their children's educational needs.
- Priest Elementary School, Detroit: The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $3,000 Lowe's grant to Priest Elementary School to build an outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom will include four raised garden beds, a butterfly garden and a small library.
To view the complete list of grant winners and for information about applying for a grant, visit ToolboxForEducation.com. The spring cycle is currently open and will close Feb. 13, 2015.
Since 1957, the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.
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.
SOURCE Lowe's Companies, Inc.