BELOIT (WIFR) -- Hackett Elementary School in Beloit has been awarded a $50,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. Hackett is one of only 350 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this fall for improvement projects during the 2013-2014 school year.
With Hackett nearly doubling in size during the 2013-2014 school year, due to the 2012 Facilities Referendum, and the district adding 4K to its grade span, finding funds to build a new playground became a priority. The grant money will be used to add on to the existing playground. The project is scheduled to be completed in August of 2014, just in time for the next school year.
In order to put the majority of funds into equipment playground purchases, the school is choosing the Community Build option – relying on volunteers to help build the playground, saving around $9000 on installation costs. In addition to needing volunteer help, the school is looking for community donations to install a safe playground surface under the playground, such as poured rubber or rubber pieces. Those willing to help install or donate funds/materials for the playground surface please contact Kelly Berg, VISTA volunteer for Hackett School, at 608-361-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.