Lowe’s grant bolsters Ellerbe Middle School initiative

Ellerbe Middle School has received a $2,500 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for Weeding, Reading and Succeeding: A Wildcats Beautification Initiative.

Submitted photo Lowe’s gave Ellerbe Middle School a $2,500 grant for its Weeding, Reading and Succeeding: A Wildcats Beautification Initiative.

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Lowe’s gave Ellerbe Middle School a $2,500 grant for its Weeding, Reading and Succeeding: A Wildcats Beautification Initiative.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded Ellerbe Middle School funding for the Wildcats Beautification Initiative. The grant application, submitted by Cathy McLean and Bonnie Yarbrough, was based on the goal of improving the learning community at Ellerbe Middle School, while simultaneously improving the aesthetic appeal of the campus.

The grant will be used to create an outdoor space which meets students’ needs for physical and cognitive activity. It will include a pavilion, picnic tables, a fountain, a bird sanctuary, and an assortment of annuals, perennials, deciduous and evergreen trees. The pavilion will act as an outdoor classroom and provide shade for continued studies. This project was designed to create a fun, comfortable, safe environment where students can learn and explore. The project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015.

“Our school and community will greatly benefit from this grant. We wish to thank our friends at Lowe’s for generously supporting this adventure,” Our school needs beautiful trees and flowers to make our surroundings inviting and to encourage silent reflection or independent reading opportunities for our Wildcat family,” said grant recipient, Cathy McLean.

The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has benefited more than five million schoolchildren since its inception,” said Maureen Ausura, chairman 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.”

Since 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.

The EMS Wildcats look forward to sharing this endeavor with the town of Ellerbe. Additionally, they need your help! Volunteers are needed for planning, construction, painting, and implementation of this project. If you would like to participate, please contact Bonnie Yarbrough or Cathy McLean at 910.582-7925.

All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education program.  More information is available at www.ToolboxforEducation.com.

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