EDINBURG – The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to Gorena Elementary School from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District for a campus beautification project.

“This Lowe’s grant is going to make a whale of a difference for our campus,” Gorena Elementary School Principal Diane Willis said. “We look forward to starting the project and welcoming everyone to come by and see the wonderful things this Lowe’s grant provided for us.”

Willis and Norberto Ramos, a kindergarten teacher, applied for the grant to create the Gorena Beautification Extension project, which will include an outdoor pavilion/classroom for the students and faculty.

“It feels amazing to be awarded this grant for our campus’ beautification project,” Ramos said. “The outdoor pavilion/classroom will provide the teachers and students with a much-needed shaded area to study and rest.”

Gorena Elementary School is one of 608 schools across the United States awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant during its fall 2017 grants cycle for improvement projects.

Since its inception in 2005, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $54 million in grants to more than 11,000 schools, benefiting more than 7 million schoolchildren. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Schools may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. Parent groups and educators can apply by visiting ToolboxForEducation.com.

Since 1957, Lowe’s Gives Foundation has helped improve communities across North America through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.