Lowe’s and Hornets create buzz at Charlotte school

Wide-eyed, surprised and thankful. Principal Merita Little walked into the teachers’ lounge at Steele Creek Elementary with a big smile, then ran to hug Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky.

In the week prior, Lowe’s Heroes worked alongside Hornets volunteers to update the lounge. They replaced carpeted flooring with tile, and added new cabinets and a fresh coat of paint to brighten the space. Two new refrigerators and additional seating space gave the school’s 75 teachers not only a place to store their lunches, but also a community space to eat them.

Built in 1968, Steele Creek Elementary School serves 800 students from 25 different countries. Little proudly shared how the school celebrates its diversity. On one hallway, a globe pinpoints each country the school has a student from. In another area, there are pictures of students from different countries and sayings in their native languages.

This project kicked off Lowe’s and the Hornets new community program, Mission Critical. Over the next four months, Mission Critical will address critical repairs at four Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Click here to learn more about the series.