$5,000 will provide funding for Health Walk

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Toolbox for Education grant to Little Cypress Intermediate (LCI) in Orange for construction of sidewalks and wheelchair ramp to complete a half mile of fully handicapped accessible walking track. LCI is one of 1,000 schools or parent organizations to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for school improvement projects benefiting public education K-12 across the U.S. during the 2007-2008 school year.

According to LCI School Nurse Kelly Meadows, RN, “The majority of our ‘Health Walk’ was comprised of existing walkways and driveways. However, there were two areas where we had to walk on the grass. This grant is allowing us to put in two new sidewalks, and a wheelchair ramp. We believe our ‘Health Walk’ will not only provide the opportunity for an increase in physical activity for our students and staff, but also among our families and community after hours and on the weekends. Having the walk marked with distance and calorie burn markers will make it ideal for those individuals that are interested in losing/maintaining weight, improving cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol levels, decreasing blood glucose levels, and overall improvement in health, thereby increasing the longevity of life for our community.”
The project is scheduled for completion in February and on March 14 the school will celebrate their gift from Lowe’s by conducting the Third Annual American Diabetes Association School Walk and Blood Drive. Based on last year’s successes, this year’s drive is anticipated to involve 1,500 people walking over 3,500 miles. The blood drive goal is 80 pints, and organizers are expecting to raise $10,000 in 6 and one-half hours.
“Through our Toolbox for Education grant program, Lowe’s recognizes parent-initiated efforts to enrich the lives of children in our communities,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “By supporting schools like Little Cypress Intermediate, we believe we are contributing to a cause that’s important to our customers and employees and helping build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow’s employees, homeowners and community leaders.”
Launched in partnership with PTO Today, a leading organization serving parent-teacher groups, the Toolbox for Education program is providing more than 1,000 grants totaling $6.5 million during the 2007-2008 school year.  Grants of up to $5,000 are available to public schools in the U.S. and Canada for a wide range of improvement projects and urban schools or school districts may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $500,000 for school improvement initiatives. All K-12 schools in the United States are eligible. Parent groups may apply by visiting www.toolboxforeducation.com.
Since its inception in 1957, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through employee volunteerism and financial contributions. In 2006, the Foundation supported community and education projects across the country through grants totaling more than $15 million.
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country.  In 2006, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded $15 million to diverse organizations across the United States.  Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative.  Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2006 sales of $46.9 billion and has more than 1,500 stores in 49 states and three stores in Canada.  For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.