FRANKLIN - Pendleton County Middle High School received two Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants totaling $6,500 for the purchase of a new convection oven and a new warming cabinet to replace aging appliances in the schools' shared kitchen. The announcement was made in conjunction with National School Breakfast Week March 3-7.
Lowe's awarded the Middle School funding for the "Keeping It Hot!" project to purchase the warming cabinet and has awarded the High School funding for the "Learn On Their Stomachs!" project to purchase the new oven.
The grant applications were based on the goal of allowing students at the two schools to continue to receive reliable, nutritious meals at breakfast and lunch, helping them to better achieve their academic goals, by helping to upgrade vital equipment in the school cafeteria.
George Hevener, customer service representative for Lowe’s of Harrisonburg; Shirley Sisson, head cook for Pendleton County Middle/High School; and John Connor, PCHS reading interventionist and grantwriter, pose in front of the new warming cabinet that was purchased with grant funds from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. (Submitted photo)
"School meals play an important part in the health and achievement of kids. Breakfast helps to awaken kids to learning and lunch helps to sustain it. The West Virginia Department of Education has been on the forefront of promoting healthy school meals," explained Lorna Judy, director of child nutrition for Pendleton County Schools.
This year, Pendleton County Schools received grants for breakfast promotion and to increase service of kitchen prepared meals. Money from these grants was used as local funds to partially match the funds received from the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants.
"Our school and community has already greatly benefited from these grants. As soon as we received notice of the award in January, the order was placed for the equipment. We took delivery in February and have been using the new equipment each school day since," reported John Connor, a parent of a high-schooler and the Reading Interventionist in the High School. John wrote the web-based grant as part of a technology class he took during the fall.
"We wish to thank our friends at Lowe's for generously supporting this important project. It is wonderful to have this new equipment in the kitchen," explained Shirley Sisson, PCMHS cook.
All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education program. More information is available at www.ToolboxforEducation.com.