We are excited to announce that Pickens Elementary has been selected as one of 100 schools and organizations in the US to be awarded the Lowes Hometowns grant! With this grant, we plan to create an outdoor learning environment memorializing two of our students who passed away in recent years. This Hope Garden will be renamed the “Memorial Hope Garden” and will include a memorial to honor each child. 

This outdoor space will feature a covered pavilion and a greenhouse for students and teachers. Such a peaceful environment will help the students of Pickens Elementary by providing a hands-on learning environment as well as a peaceful location for students with emotional and behavioral challenges. 

The Lowes Hometowns program began in 2021 to celebrate the Lowes centennial. With projects spanning 40 states and Washington D.C., Lowes will help restore and revitalize spaces that serve as hubs and heartbeats of the community. "We're excited to continue improving hometowns across the country by building on our longstanding commitment to serving the communities where we live and work," said Marvin Ellison, Lowe's chairman, and CEO. "With support from our associates, neighbors, and partners, Lowe's Hometowns will address urgent needs in communities, from revitalizing vibrant green spaces to supporting first responders and local heroes, as we strive to make hometowns better for all, including those in real need." 

Communities can find details of every Lowe’s Hometowns project and their progress on the Lowe’s Hometowns landing page and at #LowesHometowns on social media. This year’s Lowe’s Hometowns projects are slated to be completed by the end of 2022.

For more information visit the Lowe's Hometowns website here.