Lowe’s and the Charlotte Hornets are teaming up to launch Mission Critical, a new community program that will address critical repairs at four Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools over the next four months. The program will fund the following:
• Updated teachers’ lounge at Steele Creek Elementary School
• Soil erosion and front entrance safety project at East Mecklenburg High School
• Refreshed basketball court, butterfly garden and fencing at University Park Creative Arts School
• New outdoor classroom at Long Creek Elementary School
“Our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers are eager to roll up their sleeves and work alongside the Hornets to make a meaningful impact in our own backyard,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations.
Lowe’s and the hometown Hornets have a long history of working together to improve education and schools across the Charlotte area. In 2013, Lowe’s helped launch the Hornets’ Book Bus, a full-service literacy bus that travels throughout Charlotte year-round to encourage reading and distribute books to area youth. To date, the Book Bus has performed over 500 shows, delivered more than 16,000 books and has traveled 14,000 miles visiting local schools.
In recent years, the two organizations also joined together to donate $150,000 to fund high-need education-related projects at Charlotte-area public schools and nonprofit organizations.
Lowe’s also participated in the Hornets Day of Service, helping to refurbish Hornets Nest Elementary School in 2014 and build libraries last year in 18 child care centers, preschools, education nonprofits and community centers located in areas of need around Charlotte.