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Lowe’s donates tools to MHS

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Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA donated $600 worth of tools to the MHS building trades program. Above, front from left, are Susan Leggett, assistant MHS principal; Connie Licone, human resources manager for the Gloucester Lowe’s; Joey Dixon, commercial sales specialist for Lowe’s; and MHS buildings trade teacher Richard Hanas. On the second row are students in the MHS building trades program. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA are helping the next generation of skilled trade professionals at Middlesex High School through their new “Tough Tools for Cool Schools” program. Lowe’s is donating approximately $600 worth of Kobalt tools to the school as part of the new national program, which will total $300,000 to more than 500 SkillsUSA building trades and renovation programs across the nation for use in their classrooms.

SkillsUSA advisor Richard Hanas was selected to receive the tool kit for the local carpentry program at MHS. “This is a wonderful example of how industry works to partner with education, for the betterment of the technical program and to help ensure the success of my students,” said Hanas. “SkillsUSA has had a huge part in the transformation of my students because it provides skills and leadership training that they don’t get anywhere else. Lowe’s support just reinforces what we are teaching in the classroom and shows the value of education —industry partnership.”

“Lowe’s is proud to work with Kobalt Tools and SkillsUSA to continue to prepare America’s future skilled work force and help students excel in their chosen career paths,” said Larry D. Stone, Lowe’s president and chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “With Kobalt tools in their toolbox, and the education and knowledge from SkillsUSA and their schools, we believe students will be ready to succeed when they enter the work force.”

posted 05.27.2009

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