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Lowe's Toolbox for Education® Announces $2.3 Million in Grants to Schools Nationwide

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Grants provide funding for projects benefiting K-12 public education</i> </p>

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Lowe's Toolbox for Education® Announces $2.3 Million in Grants to Schools Nationwide16:12 EDT Thursday, June 07, 2012 MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Business Wire) -- Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in Spring 2012 Lowe's Toolbox for Education® grants to 543 schools in 47 states throughout the nation. The grants were given to schools and parent organizations for parent-initiated school-improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education. The projects funded during the spring grant period include technology and safety improvements, library renovations, walking trails, greenhouses, outdoor learning environments and more. “Lowe's commitment of $2.3 million to Toolbox for Education grants underscores our dedication to education throughout the country,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. “These funds will go a long way to improve the future for thousands of children in 543 schools throughout the United States. These dollars will help close the funding gaps our schools face and help expedite needed improvements and upgrades.” Launched in partnership with PTO Today, a leading organization serving parent-teacher groups, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has donated more than $30 million to 6,000 schools since its inception in 2006. The grants have benefited more than 3.5 million schoolchildren. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Large schools and school districts are eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. To view the complete list of grant winners and for information about applying for a grant, visit The Fall 2012 grant cycle will open mid-July and close Oct. 12, 2012. Since its inception in 1957, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism. The foundation funds Lowe's Toolbox for Education, which provides the financial tools to improve schools throughout the United States. ABOUT LOWE'S Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company's signature education grant program, Lowe's Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowe?s Companies, Inc.Stacey Lentz, 704-758-2173Stacey.C.Lentz@lowes.comorSarah-Frances Wallace,