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Highland school receives Lowe's grant

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Photo/submitted Buela Sharp, Kari Reynolds with Lowe's and Emily Akins accepting a $4,500 Lowe's grant for Highland High School's parental involvement beautification project.
Highland High School Librarian Emily Akins along with Amanda Dobbs, Buela Sharp and Nancy French collectively applied for a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant. The grant was used for a parental involvement beautification project at the school.

Akins said the grant was used to beautify the plain looking school entrance, making it more welcoming to students, faculty, parents and the community. She said the grant was for $4,500 and through the gifts of the community and students' families; they were able to raise $500.

She said with the grant money, the school purchased plants, landscaping items, birdbaths and paving stones. She said she was very lucky to have the help of businesses, clubs and students on the project. The Cherokee Village Master Gardeners donated numerous plants as well as helped with advice and planting. Akins said Mrs. Davenport with the Cherokee Village Master Gardeners was a very huge asset to the project and also thanked First National Banking Company, which donated $500 to the project, as well as David Harris who provided dirt, Jimmy Counts for his backhoe, Donna Nicols and Jerry and Tausha Blackburn for money to help make the project a reality.

Photo/ Tammy Curtis A large group of Highland High School students helped with a parental involvement beautification project in front of the school. The project was funded by local businesses, parents and a grant from Lowe's.
In addition to the outside businesses and individuals, numerous clubs, such as RAD, FCCLA and Key Club also donated money. Many of the members, some of who graduated in May, also helped keep the plants alive in the summer months.

Akins said the school would like to thank Mountain Home Lowes employees Todd Oroz, Tommy Gates and Scott Edmisten for their help with the planning of the project. She said currently she is seeking parent volunteers to help with maintenance of the project in front of Highland High School.

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