Lowes Educational Foundation Awards Toms River High School East with $5,000 Grant

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June 12, 2019— The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to High School East in Toms River, NJ. The grant will provide funding for materials and furnishings for a student Flex Lounge. High School East is one of 545 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this spring for improvement projects.

“I’m looking forward to creating a versatile Student Flex Lounge area in the media center where students can quietly work or socialize during the school day as well as collaborate for group projects or meetings after school,” said HSE Media Specialist Diane Harz, who designed the project and led the application. “I’m grateful to Lowe’s for funding this project for my students and am excited to see the finished student-centered space.”

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The Student Flex Lounge will be a learning area that students can use both during the school day as well as after school. The sitting area will be varied with writing desks and chairs, couches, comfortable chairs and beanbag chairs, benches that may also be used as work/writing areas, and laptop desks for additional workspace. The clear mobile partitions will enable the area to be separated from the media center as needed, allowing for quiet study or cooperative gatherings. After school, students can use the Student Flex Lounge for various group meetings.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. Earlier this year, the school opened the Jersey Mike’s Professional Development Room for HSE staff.


“The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program delivers on Lowe’s commitment to improve the educational environment for students across the country,” said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We’re honored to work with Toms River High School East to support the needs of our local students, teachers and families.”

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Since its inception in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided nearly $45 million in grants to more than 10,000 schools, benefiting more than 6 million schoolchildren. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Schools may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. Parent groups and educators can apply by visiting ToolboxForEducation.com.

To view a full list of projects by state, visit ToolboxForEducation.com/winners.

Since 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped improve communities across North America through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.

About Lowe’s in the Community

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Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $225 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

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