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MMS gets Lowe's grant to turn hall into gallery
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Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $3,800 Toolbox for Education grant to Midway Middle School to transform a corridor into the Panther Gallery, a constantly changing gallery of student artwork.
Midway Middle is one of more than 450 schools or parent organizations to win a Lowe’s grant for school improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education across the United States during the 2009-10 school year.
Several large, wall-mounted display boards will be framed with decorative crown molding and installed to display student art. Each of the panels will be illuminated by gallery-style, track-lighting. These items will be installed in a high-traffic corridor, transforming an everyday hallway into an ever-changing celebration of student creativity. This phase of the project is scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2010-11 school year. In addition, the grant team plans to build a cabinet for displaying three-dimensional art work and three folding display screens to be used for bi-annual art shows.
“Through our Toolbox for Education grant program, Lowe’s recognizes efforts to enrich the lives of children in our communities,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “By supporting schools like Midway Middle School, 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 in partnership with PTO Today, a leading organization serving parent-teacher groups, the Toolbox for Education program has provided more than $17.7 million through more than 4,400 grants since its inception five years ago. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to public schools for a 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   
Since its inception in 1957, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through employee volunteerism and financial contributions.

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