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Friday, August 14, 2020

True heroes: Clermont Lowe’s supports elementary school

The Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Clermont continues hammering home the importance of supporting local schools.

On April 18, employees of the store presented Eustis Heights Elementary School with a $5,000 check. The donation is a follow-up to the store’s recent volunteer efforts for the school.

Last October, store employees installed three pavilions—each with picnic benches—to provide students a place for shade during recess time. In December, the store donated boxes of toys and food for EHES students.

The volunteer efforts are part of the Lowe’s Heroes program, which encourages employees to volunteer and have a positive impact on local communities.

Javed Kahn, human resource manager of Lowe’s in Clermont, said the store is enthusiastic about supporting EHES, a school where 91 percent of students live in poverty.

“We’re proud to help this school in any way we can because the school is definitely in need of other resources,” Javed says. “I hope the money we’re presenting them with today ends up having a positive impact on every student who attends the school.”

Chad Frazier, principal of EHES, said the money will likely be used to enhance the school’s recess area. As of now, the playground is a large, open field without soccer goals, basketball goals, or playground equipment.

“We’ll conduct a student survey to see what the kids would like to have, whether it’s soccer goals or other things,” Chad says. “This is a very exciting moment for our school, and we owe a lot of thanks to Lowe’s because we’ll be able to meet some of our students’ needs.”

Shaunna Purdy, assistant principal of the school, was equally touched by Lowe’s generosity.

“We truly appreciate what Lowe’s has done for our school and for our students,” she says. “They’re helping needs be met for sure.”