Riverside High School receives $3,000 grant

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Riverside High School teacher Meagan Priest was excited to receive notice Riverside had been approved for a Lowe's Educational Toolbox Grant in the amount of $3,000. The grant was written to provide outside picnic tables and benches.

Riverside was the recipient of a $3,000 grant from Lowe's. Pictured from left are, Lowe's Jonesboro store manager, Dan Crittenden; Andrew Key, Human Resources Manager; Meagan Priest, high school teacher; Riverside Principal Jeff Priest; Adam Goff, assistant store manager.

The excitement continued as the items were delivered to the school on Wednesday.

Ms. Priest's turned the grant application process into a learning tool as members of the 204-2015 senior class assisted with the project. She and the students designed an outside sitting/eating area as part of the application process. The picnic/sitting area is outside the high school cafeteria and will allow students a great place to gather, enjoy lunch, or visit.

"We are very proud of our building but we realized last year we did not have any outdoor equipment and this could be a good project to add to what we have," Ms. Priest said.

Ms. Priest said she hoped last year's seniors get the opportunity to come back and see their work complete and take pride in knowing they had a part in the project. It will be a place for students to enjoy for years to come.

On site for the delivery and a tour of the school were Lowe's Jonesboro Store Manager Dan Crittenden; Andrew Key, Human Resources Manager; and Adam Goff, Assistant Store Manager.

"Adam was very helpful through the process and I appreciate all of the help," Ms Priest said. "The application process was very detailed."

Ms. Priest found the information about the Lowe's grant on line. She commended Lowe's for partnering with education and give back to the communities.

In addition to students helping with the design, shop students under the direction of ag teacher Marty Wynn, assembled the benches and tables.

Riverside High School Principal Jeff Priest and assistant Principal Mark Manchester expressed their appreciation to the Ms. Priest, the students, and Lowe's for their work and the grant.