Lowe’s of Madison, Ga., store #1958, recently issued a Lowe’s Heroes grant to Lake Oconee Academy’s (LOA) student-run school store for the purpose of helping the budding venture with the necessary equipment to effectively run the store. The Lowe’s grant provided supplies in the amount of $1,200 to build spirit wear displays, a checkout counter, tables, shelving, and storage bins for inventory.
LOA teacher Amanda Etheridge applied for the grant on the school’s behalf over the summer in anticipation of the opening of the store under a new name, The Armory. Originally run by parent volunteers, 6th – 9th grade students in the LOA Student Government Association (SGA) took over operations of the school store this year as an avenue to raise funds for student travel scholarships, and to pay for LOA SGA sponsored student events such as school dances and homecoming spirit week. Lowe’s employee Jeff Etheridge used the materials provided through the grant to construct attractive and creative multifunctional pieces to improve the store’s retail appeal and help with the organization of product.
“The grant from Lowe’s allowed us to use our startup funds to purchase inventory instead of having to use those funds to buy display pieces,” said LOA SGA advisor Chrissy Cronic. “This is a tremendous help for a student- run project. Proceeds from the Armory are dedicated to funding travel scholarships for LOA students. This is positively impacting many students by allowing them to attend academic field trips that otherwise would create a hardship for their families.”
“As students, we get to learn many aspects of running a small business from preparing deposits to marketing to merchandising displays,” said Stu Baker, LOA SGA member. “Our new displays from Lowe’s and Mr. Etheridge are really awesome. We are very proud of The Armory and the things we are able to do for our fellow students.”
Already this year, LOA SGA has pledged to donate $1,200 to student travel scholarships to assist students attending the 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C. this month. “This would not have been possible without the partnership with Lowe’s,” said Amanda.
The Lowe’s Heroes program encourages employees to engage in a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference. Lowe's Heroes have participated in more than 1,300 projects, and Lowe's has contributed more than $1.3 million in materials.
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