Lowe’s grant spurs beautification at William R. Davie

Published 3:29 pm Thursday, September 3, 2015

William R. Davie Elementary was the recipient of the Lowe’s Heroes Award this summer.

Jonathan Wagoner, former Lowes’ employee, and Dennis Zembower, master gardener, teamed together to plan and implement landscaping and enhancement to the educational garden space.

Lowes’ employees came out, many on their day off work, to donate time on the campus. Robin Leatherman, Brant Marlin, Tabitha Basinger and others donated time and energy planting and adding mulch to the school garden and beautification areas.

Lowes provided stepping stones, plants, mulch, benches, paint, flowerpots for herb gardens, raised beds, soil, wind chimes, hummingbird feeders, fencing and other items. Wood was provided to repair picnic tables.

The Heroes project also provided a weather station for students to study and record information using an inside display that can be shared among classes.

Zembower designed the plan and worked several days along side the Lowes team.

Wagoner said: “Lowe’s embraces teamwork as a core value and a key ingredient in maintaining an engaged work force. We believe that by working together we can build something better — for our company, our customers and our communities.”

Transforming lives one community at a time has been the mission of Lowe’s Heroes since the volunteer program began in stores more than 10 years ago. The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference.