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RCA gets grant for school beautification

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- The Rockdale Career Academy plans to use some extra money from Lowe's to make its school feel a little more welcoming.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation recently awarded a $5,030 Toolbox for Education grant to RCA that the school will use as a project between the architectural design, construction and agriculture classes to beautify the school entrance.

"We look forward to working with our local Lowe's store and management team as a new community partner," said Miki Edwards, CEO of the school. "Several of our instructors worked diligently to capture our vision for this project and then communicate it well to our school's grant writer, who did a wonderful job of putting together the proposal."

Students will research, design, build, install and maintain mobile planters and seating areas in the commons and entrance areas.

"Students benefit tremendously from hands-on activities that require problem solving," Edwards said. "Completing this type of project will allow them to see long lasting, visible evidence of the work that was necessary to make it successful."

She said it will showcase the students' abilities to plan and implement a cooperative project between several program areas that will be appreciated by the school and community.

The project at RCA is scheduled to be completed during the first semester of the upcoming school year.

"By lending our support to the Rockdale Career Academy, we are rallying behind a cause that is important to both our customers and employees, and we're helping to build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow's employees, homeowners and community leaders," said Larry D. Stone, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation.

RCA is one of 14 schools in Georgia and 400 schools or parent organizations across the nation to be awarded a grant from Lowe's this year.

The Toolbox for Education program has provided more than $20 million through more than 5,000 grants since its inception five years ago. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects, and large schools or school districts may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000 for school improvement initiatives.

All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible.

Parent groups may apply by visiting www.toolboxforeducation.com.