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Hiddenite Elementary School receives grant

Hiddenite Elementary School was named in the top four schools to receive a $25,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant. Pictured above from left: Maureen Ausura, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chair, Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation; Dr. Jennifer Hefner, Alexander County School Superintendent; Callie Logan, Renee Stillwell, Hiddenite Elementary Principal; Brian Peace, Corporate Administration Executive and Board member, Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation.

Nov. 17, 1:50 p.m.

For 10 years, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® has awarded grants benefiting more than 6 million K-12 public school students. Every spring and fall, teachers and school administrators across the country are awarded grants from Lowe’s towards projects including refurbishments and safety improvements.

On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Hiddenite Elementary School was named one of four public schools across the U.S. to receive a $25,000 grant from Lowe’s and its Charitable and Educational Foundation. The winning schools were announced after more than 4,000 students wrote Letters to Lowe’s as part of a campaign celebrating ten years of the company’s Toolbox for Education grants program.

Lowe’s selected 10 finalists from student letters from across the country and then invited the public to vote for the four schools they felt most needed improvements.

Hiddenite Elementary  fourth grader Callie Logan recently wrote to Lowe’s about the schools need for a playground refurbishment. She described cracked slides, the need for handicap accessible equipment and benches for kids to rest on as some of the reasons her school should receive the grant.

On Tuesday, a special assembly was held to announce the award to the students and staff at Hiddenite Elementary. Hiddenite PTO Co-Presidents Jen Dick and Julia High presented a photo slideshow of the new  playground equipment. Maureen Ausura, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chair, Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation along with Brian Peace, Corporate Administration Executive and Board member, Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation was present to present the $25,000 check to the school.

Hiddenite Elementary School Principal Renee Stillwell stated, “I am so excited about the opportunity that Lowes has given to our community and school.  With the partnership of our community and PTO our Playground project will not only benefit the students here at Hiddenite, but so many future students yet to come. This grant will allow us the opportunity to give our students a safe place to play.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for students. I am so proud of Callie Logan for her heartfelt essay that created a true picture from a students point of view. Her love for her friends and peers is evident as you read her words. We are blessed to have the opportunity to give our students a space that is up to date and safe. Thank you to Lowes, Callie, and our community for voting. This is truly an example of “Yours, Mine & Ours!”

Alexander County School Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner was also present at the assembly. Hefner noted, “We are honored and appreciative in Alexander County that Lowes Home Improvement has provided such a wonderful opportunity to the students at Hiddenite Elementary School. Their support of our children and educational programs is greatly appreciated. This event certainly highlights the way community partners contribute to and positively impact our school system.”

 Schools interested in applying for future Toolbox for Education grants can find more information on The next spring grants cycle opens on December 18, 2015.


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