First Posted: 5/6/2009
The Mount Airy Lowes hardware store gave away almost $600 worth of tools Wednesday afternoon.
Students from the building trades class at Patrick County High School in Stuart, Va., showed up at the store to claim their prize from the Tough Tools for Cool Schools grant program. The school is one of 500 in the country to receive the prize from the partnership of Lowes, Kobalt Tools and SkillsUSA.
Each of the schools to be awarded the grant received five Kobalt 15-inch aggressive saws with rubber handle, five Kobalt 12-inch EX wide wrenches, five Kobalt 6IN1 multi-bit screwdrivers, five Kobalt 16-oz. steel rip hammers, five JH KBT quick change knives, five Kobalt five-piece plier sets, five Kobalt two-piece adjust wrench sets, five universal quick change chucks, five Kobalt 25-foot classic chrome tapes and one Kobalt mobile tool cart.
It gives me a feeling of pride that this company is able to remember and be active in the community and to be able to award grants to the community, said Neil Cothren, Lowes store manager.
The grant was awarded to select SkillsUSA building and construction trades classes and labs across the country.
SkillsUSA is a student organization that works with business and industry to maintain productivity, quality and competitiveness nationwide. Students learn job training, leadership skills and pride in their workmanship.