NTC receives grant for community service

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NTC Culinary Arts student Geraldine Coan of Crownpoint, N.M. tends to one of NTC’s three current hoop houses. A hoop house is a green house with a plastic roof wrapped over flexible piping.

Submitted Photo<br> NTC Culinary Arts student Geraldine Coan of Crownpoint, N.M. tends to one of NTC’s three current hoop houses. A hoop house is a green house with a plastic roof wrapped over flexible piping.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $9,689 grant to the Navajo Technical College (NTC) Culinary Arts School in support of the school's sustainability program. The grant will enable a place for students to explore the sustainability of growing their own food, preparing the soil for nutrient - rich vegetables, and harvesting rain water for a high desert garden.

NTC has made a move towards sustainability in recent years with the development of a greenhouse, as well as providing seminars on composting and rain collecting. The NTC Culinary Arts School has also developed several miniature greenhouses - or hoop houses - so students could produce fresh vegetables and herbs to be utilized for instructional purposes year round.

"The grant in Crownpoint, N.M. represents Lowe's commitment to career and technical education," said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "By supporting schools like Navajo Technical College, we believe we are contributing to a cause that's important to our customers and employees by helping provide improved learning environments and build stronger communities."

About Lowe's

Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company's signature education grant program, Lowe's Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2010, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

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