Lowe’s provides shaded play area
Lowe’s provides shaded play area for children at Pepperell Elementary
Posted on 09/01/2011

Lowe’s in Rome has made playtime a little more comfortable for children at Pepperell Elementary. The home improvement store on Shorter Avenue and its employees have worked with Pepperell Elementary to build a shade system to provide sanctuary from the sun while kids are at recess. Lowe’s put into practice the company’s theme “Let’s Build Something Together” when Pepperell fourth grade teacher Linda Franklin approached them with the idea for a shade system on the playground. 

Mrs. Franklin and her class visited the FFA’s Agriculture Day at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds last fall where Lowe’s was providing prizes to school groups. Mrs. Franklin won a $600 prize from Lowe’s and a company representative told her that she could use the prize money in any way she would like. Mrs. Franklin requested that the money be used to build a shade system on the Pepperell Elementary playground. 

Nan Selman the manager of Lowe's agreed to build the project, even though it would actually cost a great deal more than the $600 Mrs. Franklin had won. Not only did Lowe’s provide the materials but their employees came out to the school and helped to build the project. Joseph Stapleton of Lowe’s was in charge of coordinating the construction of the project and donated many hours of his own personal time to its completion. Mrs. Franklin said, “Lowe’s has been great and my kids are so excited to have a cool place to play.”

Lowe’s is also planning to come back to Pepperell and build wooden benches to put under the new shade system for students to sit and enjoy a short respite from the sun.