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Features Jackson County is one of 34 N.C. districts to receive Lowe's Toolbox For Education grants

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded 34 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants in the state of North Carolina, totaling more than $138,000. These schools received grants during the fall 2012 grants cycle, which encompassed more than 550 schools and parent organizations that were awarded a grant for parent-initiated school improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education across the United States.

In Western North Carolina, Jackson County received $5,000.

Grant money will be used for projects including outdoor classrooms, community gardens, playground refurbishment, gymnasium repairs and other critical repair needs identified by the schools. To view a full list of projects by state, visit ToolboxForEducation. com/winners. Select the fall 2012 Winners tab, which will list the school and the local supporting Lowe’s store.

“Through Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program, we are acknowledging parent-initiated efforts that enhance the learning environments of children in the communities we serve,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “By supporting schools in North Carolina, we are rallying behind a cause that is important to both our customers and employees, and we're helping to build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow's employees, homeowners and community leaders.”

Since its inception in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $34 million in grants to 7,500 schools, benefiting more than four million schoolchildren. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Large schools or school districts may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. Parent groups and educators can apply by visiting www.ToolboxForEducation.com.

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.


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