Lowe’s donates up to $5 million in educational grants to as many as 1,000 public schools per school year. Just recently they awarded a $5,000 grant each to three public schools in the United States. They had over 1,500 applications for one of the three grants, and today they showed up to celebrate at Quitman’s own Trail of Champions.
SWAT teacher Chrissy Kelly explains, “We received $4,320 to purchase four outdoor chess tables to have available for students as well as people in the community who would like to use them. We’re calling it our outdoor chess classroom, and the children are so excited to play.”
If today’s response was an indication on the return of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education investment, it would be safe to assume that their money was well spent.
Both 2nd grade and 6th grade SWAT classes immediately gathered around the sturdy tables. They needed no prompting to start playing.
And one look at these kids’ faces will let you know how serious they take this game.
If they ever look up from the table, they’ll notice the beautiful scenery.
How could they ever show their appreciation to a company so willing to invest in their education?
Mrs. Kelly had a suggestion. She hopes that everyone enjoys the upcoming spring weather by learning to play chess. The tables are already there. You just need a friend and a set of chess pieces.