Lowe’s helps Hillcrest PDS with major playground renovation
Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Gives Foundation awarded Hillcrest Professional Development School (PDS) a $98,386 “Toolbox for Education” grant to help the school improve its outdoor playground area. The project, which will be complete by the end of 2018, will include renovations and expansion of the school’s outdoor facilities to make the area safer for students and improve the surroundings for the entire community.
The grant funds will be used to replace the school’s wooden playscape, swing sets and borders. Outdoor seating will be renovated and expanded with the addition of strategically-placed gazebos and concrete benches to give teachers a view of the entire play area. A GaGa ball pit will be added for students.
Other improvements will include the addition of sustainable picnic tables, an industrial trash can, interactive music panels and materials to build a 600-foot walking path and to complete a 40-foot granite path connecting the school and the play area. An exterior wall of the school will be landscaped with native Texas plants to enhance the aesthetics of the building and expand the school’s outdoor learning environment. A storage shed will be purchased to protect equipment from weather and theft.
Now in its 12th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has provided over $54 million to more than 12,000 schools across the country.
Waco ISD Photo, Mary Senter:
Waco Lowe’s store managers present an oversized check in the amount of $98,386 to Hillcrest PDS to fund the upcoming renovation of the school’s outdoor play area. Front row, left to right: Abby Polk (fourth-grade), Dr. Amy Mathews-Perez (Hillcrest PDS Principal), Gary Moss (Lowe’s Store Manger), Rod Serrano (Lowe’s Assistant Store Manger), Liam Weatherly (second-grade); (back row, left to right) Madisson Mullins (fifth-grade), Scarlett Holey (fifth-grade) and Roman Serrano (fourth-grade).