Lowe's donates $5,000 to Eustis Heights Elementary
Chad Frazier, Principal at Eustis Heights Elementary, was told to dress nicely last Wednesday (4/18), but no one told him why. He knew something was brewing, but the staff kept it a surprise until the moment he walked outside in his suit and tie and saw the crew from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Clermont holding a check for $5,000 made out to his school.
He applauded, accepted the large display check and held it up high as the cameras clicked.
It wasn’t the first time the school had received donations from Lowe’s. In October, Lowe’s volunteers installed three new pavilions and picnic tables in the school’s recess area, which was an open field with no play equipment and no shade.
A few months later, over the winter break, the Clermont store donated boxes of toys and food for students at Eustis Heights to help them and their families have a good holiday.
This time, the Clermont store was selected from among 2,000 Lowe’s stores for the $5,000 award that they presented to Eustis Heights.
Every store gets $2,500 each year to go into the community and make an impact, explained Dawn Thurmond, who works on the Pro Desk at the Clermont store. Every store picks a project. Then, after all the projects are done, employees across the United States vote to decide which store has made the biggest impact. The Clermont store was chosen, but the students at Eustis Heights are the real winners.
Mr. Frazier said he will survey the students to decide how they want to spend the money. He suspects they will install soccer goals and other play equipment to further enhance the recess area over the summer so everything will be in place when students return for the next school year.
He expressed his gratitude to Lowe’s and emphasized the extra support needed at his school, where 91 percent of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch because of their families’ lower incomes. “For Lowe’s [in Clermont] to see the need and cross the north-south boundary is a true example of our community coming together to meet the needs of our kids,’’ he said.