Over the past year, Hillsboro Elementary School has been raising money to upgrade their playgrounds. To help with this project, the Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation awarded the school a $24,773.90 grant.
The funds will be used to lay pea gravel in their back playground and add a plastic border around the equipment. To get the students involved, fifth graders were asked to find the perimeter of the playground and the volume of pea gravel needed.
“It’s probably the best part of what we do is being able to help the community. Since I’ve been with Lowe’s, it’s been the best part – this is where my employees’ kids go to school,” said Lowe’s Store Manager Bryan Gagnier.
In 2018, the school raised $15,800 from their past spring 5K and the Ford Drive for Your School and from donations by the Hillsboro Homecoming Association and Turf Works. These funds went toward upgrading their front playground by installing new and donated playground equipment, a new plastic border to replace their deteriorating wood borders and putting pea gravel in the area.
“We’re just grateful we got it for our school. This helps tremendously,” said Assistant Principal Linda Willis.
Willis explained the school’s playground is the only local one in the community and is used daily by their 400 students as well as on weekends by local families.