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School gets new outdoor center

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Students at Hooper Renwick School now have an outdoor area that meets their recreational and therapeutic needs.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $9,600 Toolbox for Education grant to the Lawrenceville school for the recreational outdoor center, which includes playground equipment, sensory swings, picnic tables, benches and landscaping. For many students, the area will serve as their primary source of exercise and outdoor socialization.

Hooper Renwick provides therapeutic and educational services for students ages 11 to 21 who demonstrate emotional and behavioral difficulties.

"Hooper Renwick is dedicated to ensuring a safe, structured, nurturing learning environment," principal Arthur Reitz said. "Our goal is to foster each student to reach his or her highest potential of self-control and independence."

Volunteers from companies including Scotis Construction, English Services, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia and the Snellville Lowe's store recently constructed the center.

"Through our Toolbox for Education grant program, Lowe's recognizes parent-initiated efforts to enrich the lives of children in our communities," said Larry D. Stone, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "By supporting schools like Hooper Renwick, we are contributing to a cause that's important to our customers and employees, and we're also helping to build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow's employees, homeowners and community leaders."