School receives $5,000 for basketball court
By the end of the school year, students at Monroe Middle will be able to use their own basketball court. A $5,000 Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation made the new outdoor court possible.
“Not only does this grant signify Lowe’s commitment to education, but it communicates its commitment to promoting healthy active lives for the communities it serves,” Monroe Middle School Principal Montrio Belton said in a news release.
Noting that childhood obesity has become a national epidemic, school officials said Monroe Middle students will use the new court during physical education classes and by the community at large on evenings and weekends. The basketball court will include four goals and meet all high school athletic regulations.
Officials plan to install the court near the bus lot behind the school and expect students will start using the court by May.
Monroe Middle School is one of more than 450 schools or parent organizations awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant last year.
“Through our Toolbox for Education grant program, Lowe’s recognizes parent-initiated efforts to enrich the lives of children in our communities,” Larry D. Stone, chairman of the Lowe’s foundation, said. “By supporting schools like Monroe Middle, we are contributing to a cause that’s important to our customers and employees, and we’re also helping to build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow’s employees, homeowners and community leaders.”
Launched five years ago in partnership with PTO Today, an organization serving parent-teacher groups, the Toolbox for Education program has provided more than $20 million through more than 5,000 grants.
– This article was provided courtesy of Union County Public Schools