Hiatt Middle School Receives $23,000 Grant from Lowe’s

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $23,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to Hiatt Middle School to support the renovation of the school’s auditorium.

Hiatt Middle School began Project Encore as an initiative to raise funds and involve community members to upgrade the auditorium, built in 1926, for use by both students and the neighborhood. The school has been working with the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, which has adopted Project Encore as one of its community projects.

The grant from Lowe’s will help fund critical needs in the renovation efforts, including a new stage floor and auditorium curtain. A dedication ceremony for the auditorium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

“Lowe’s is committed to recognizing and supporting efforts that enrich the lives of our neighbors and customers,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “By supporting schools like Hiatt, 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.”

“This project has been a rallying point for a school, and has received great support from our neighborhood and people throughout the community,” said Hiatt principal Joy Wiebers. “The support from Lowe’s is a big step in making this project a reality and providing a facility that will serve our students and neighbors for many years to come.”

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® provides the financial tools to improve schools throughout the United States. Lowe’s signature education grant program has donated $26 million to 6,000 K-12 public schools since 2006, benefitting more than 3 million schoolchildren.

Since its inception in 1957, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through employee volunteerism and financial contributions. In 2010, Lowe’s and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support community and education projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Des Moines Independent Community School District is Iowa’s largest provider of public education, serving the individual needs of more than 31,000 students in 60 schools with 5,000 dedicated teachers and staff. For more information about Des Moines Public Schools, visit www.dmschools.org.

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. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.