Lowe's grant brightens school courtyard
by Mark Andrews
May 04, 2013 | 1540 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Elementary School on Thursday, May 2, celebrated its recent courtyard improvements, made possible through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. From left, Cartersville City Schools student Addie Smith; PTC members and parents Howard Smith and Julie Smith; students Hank Smith and Lollie Smith; and, Lowe’s representatives Lea Sorrow, James Payne and Elizabeth Absher. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Cartersville Elementary School on Thursday, May 2, celebrated its recent courtyard improvements, made possible through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. From left, Cartersville City Schools student Addie Smith; PTC members and parents Howard Smith and Julie Smith; students Hank Smith and Lollie Smith; and, Lowe’s representatives Lea Sorrow, James Payne and Elizabeth Absher. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
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Cartersville Elementary School’s courtyard recently saw some improvements thanks to a $3,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant.

“Students, teachers and parents enjoy being outside on a beautiful day. Now, at Cartersville Elementary School, the outside courtyard area has been enhanced through the acquisition of 14 new umbrellas,” counselor Marty Knight said. “The shady tables are a great place to have lunch, enjoy an outdoor learning activity, visit with a mentor or create an art project.”

The yellow umbrellas faced gusty winds the afternoon of Thursday, May 2, as the school hosted a ribbon cutting event for the improved courtyard, which featured a performance by the CES chorus.

“I know the school is very appreciative of Lowe’s ..., they appreciate [Lowe’s] support and involvement for the good of our young people and our staff here at the elementary school. Certainly this brightens up the courtyard and experience we try to provide here,” Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said. “... On any given day you can pick up a paper and read about something bad that is going on with a school somewhere in this country.

“It’s too bad we can’t focus more on the good things, and there are a lot more good things going on than people realize.”

Parent Teacher Cooperative member Julie Smith was responsible for writing the grant application. According to www.toolboxforeducation.com, in its sixth year of the program, Toolbox for Education has provided nearly $25 million to more than 5,000 schools across the country.

“For more than 65 years, Lowe’s has supported the communities we call home,” the website states. “At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to support the basic needs of their communities, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes the importance of financial support.

“This year, as a foundation, we are challenging ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.”