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Area school gets grant to make improvements

John Edwards middle and high school auditorium is nearly one hundred years old but now it's getting some new life.

Two of the Ecology Club advisers completed a long application process for a grant from Lowe's Home Improvement.

The school is getting more than $4,000.

School staff and students along with Lowe's workers got busy putting that money to good use.

"We thought it needed a way to bring the community in , in a welcoming way and connect the community with culture,"said Jeanne Bruener, Ecology Club Adviser

They picked up their shovels to help create an outdoor welcoming entrance. The upgrade to the entrance will include benches, lighting a new retaining wall and plants.

The store manger from Lowe's was on site to help with the construction. He says it's all about giving back.

"Lowe's is about helping the community and that's what I'm here for, just to let them know that I am here to support," said Mike Warning, Lowe's Store Manager.

Students are getting excited for the final product.

"We have our school dances in this gym so we need places to take pictures and I think this will be more of a beautiful space to do that," said student Megan Burgeson.

"I'm in band so our concerts are in the gym everyone goes through that entrance so it's just going to be something that the community can appreciate because it's something to look for and something that's beautiful and it just improves our school so much because our school has been here for so long," said student Alycia O'shasky.

This project is scheduled to be completed in the next few days.

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