Toolbox for Education Grant Winners

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) has helped more than 8,000 schools across the country create reading gardens, build playgrounds and implement other improvement projects that help strengthen their schools and their communities. Below are some of these winning schools' stories.

Surfside Elementary School
Satellite Beach, FL
The rainbow garden and patio at Surfside Elementary School is finished and students had a great time putting in the flowers. Some classes planted the raised beds with vegetables and care for them with water from rain barrels. Twelve classes joined the Garden Club and a lesson is taught to them weekly in the classroom. The new composter has been a huge hit and students bring vegetable scraps from home almost every day.

Surfside Elementary School

Howard C. Reiche Community School
Portland, ME
The students in this public school in Portland, ME have learned about environmental issues and lessons in sustainability, collaboration and growth through the raised bed vegetable garden.

Howard C. Reiche Community School

SUN Area Technical Institute
New Berlin, PA
Students in several of the program areas were involved in the design, preparation, and building of the pavilion in New Berlin, PA. The teachers, students and local community now have a covered shelter with bench and picnic table seating used as an outdoor classroom and more.

SUN Area Technical Institute