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RCA awarded Lowes grant
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Rockdale Career Academy's entrance will be getting a face lift, thanks to a grant from Lowe's and efforts from RCA architecture students.

RCA recently recieved a $5,030 Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for a cooperative project between the Architectural Design, Construction, and Agriculture classes to beautify the school entrance.

RCA’s project seeks to combine the efforts of students in the Construction, Agriculture, and Architectural Design pathways to research, design, build, install, and maintain mobile planters and seating areas in the commons and entrance areas. This will showcase the students’ abilities to plan and implement a cooperative project between several program areas that will be appreciated by the school and community.

“We look forward to working with our local Lowe’s store and management team as a new community partner,” said Miki Edwards, CEO of Rockdale Career Academy. “Several of our instructors worked diligently to capture our vision for this project and then communicate it well to our school’s grant writer who did a wonderful job of putting together the proposal. Students benefit tremendously from hands-on activities that require problem solving. Completing this type of project will allow them to see long lasting, visible evidence of the work that was necessary to make it successful.” The project is scheduled to be completed during the first semester of the 2011-12 school year. 

Rockdale Career Academy is one of more than 480 schools or parent organizations to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant during the 2010-2011 school year.

“Through Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program, we are acknowledging parent-initiated efforts that enhance the lives of children in the communities we serve," said Larry D. Stone, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation.

Launched in partnership with PTO Today, a leading organization serving parent-teacher groups, the Toolbox for Education program has provided more than $20 million through more than 5,000 grants since its inception five years ago. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to public schools in the U.S. for a wide range of improvement projects and large schools or school districts may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000 for school improvement initiatives. All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible. Parent groups may apply by visiting