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8/18/2013 9:44:00 AM
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awards $20,000 to Keep Greenwood County Beautiful
Donation to support grant program for local community improvement project

 
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Pictured (Left to Right)-  From the Lowe’s Team Cathy Ellison, John Nave, Store Manager Mike Duncan, Vicki Piontek, Elyse Benson (HGN Board member), Patricia Bridges, Dan Flint (HGN Board Member), Lola Wynters (Keep Greenwood County Beautiful Board member), Claudette Bannerman (Keep Greenwood County Beautiful Board Member), John Welton, Johnathan  Graves (Chair, Keep Greenwood County Beautiful), David Belcher, Steve Odem and Lowe’s of Greenwood Associate Manager, Rodney Conway

 
 


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Pictured (Left to Right)-  From the Lowe’s Team Cathy Ellison, John Nave, Store Manager Mike Duncan, Vicki Piontek, Elyse Benson (HGN Board member), Patricia Bridges, Dan Flint (HGN Board Member), Lola Wynters (Keep Greenwood County Beautiful Board member), Claudette Bannerman (Keep Greenwood County Beautiful Board Member), John Welton, Johnathan  Graves (Chair, Keep Greenwood County Beautiful), David Belcher, Steve Odem and Lowe’s of Greenwood Associate Manager, Rodney Conway

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Keep Greenwood County Beautiful and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) today announced a major gift in support of Keep Greenwood County Beautiful’ s mission to engage individuals in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

The Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000 is one of 75 merit based grants awarded nationally to support grassroots community improvement projects including community gardens, tree plantings, litter and debris cleanups, recycling programs, park and playground restorations, and beautification efforts.

Eat Smart Move More Greenwood County has created “Eat Smart Zone” signs for all of the community gardens to further the encouragement of Healthy Eating.  Through a grant received by Healthy Greenwood Neighborhoods from The South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative we are able to provide signage for the community gardens to be Tobacco Free.

The Keep Greenwood County Beautiful grant award will provide funding for, in partnership with the Eat Smart Move More, Greenwood County, for the facilitation and the installation of a fully operational polycarbonate covered greenhouse at the Genesis Academy. The greenhouse will be complete with irrigation, Chemigation, tables, fans, etc. The greenhouse project was enthusiastically adopted by the staff at Greenwood 50 School District’s Genesis Academy, a school for educational challenged youth, grades 6-12 to provide fresh, local garden seedlings for community gardens, education about healthy eating, environmental stewardship, and teaching skills related to running a small business. Classes will do all planting, nurturing and preparing seedlings for the 22 (as of the summer growing season 2013) neighborhood/community gardens in Greenwood County and the community at large; while completing the Jr. Master Gardening course. They will maintain a seasonal garden and sell produce on site, through the Producing Produce Entrepreneurs program. Our plan includes three separate elements to address local concerns: greenhouse construction, seedling and garden development, introducing business principles and healthy eating.

“This greenhouse project will enhance our current Greenwood Community Garden Program in so many diverse ways. The most exciting aspect is going to be able to reach out to our young students and involve them in the entire process. From beginning to grow fresh produce from seeds to actually creating a small business in selling the produce” says Toni Able, Keep Greenwood County Beautiful Coordinator

“Keep America Beautiful is proud of the positive impact that Keep Greenwood County Beautiful’s project will have in the Greenwood community,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. “We are truly grateful to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for its support and leadership that is being demonstrated in community sustainability.”





Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Steve B

They have a super sweet girl in the garden dept. Devin is her name I think. Great job.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Steve (Doc) Gambrell

Thanks, Lowe's. I've only been in Lowe's a couple of times, when nobody asked me if I needed help. The folks working there can answer any questions, or find an answer. A+ for customer service. They are very involved in the community, AND, I understand that all disabled veterans get a 10% discount. Lowe's in Greenwood could start acting like that big store across the street, but I don't think they will. Keep up the good work, folks!



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