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Lowe's builds playsets for special education students

December 19, 2005

Douglas- A crew of Lowe's employees spent their day off cutting lumber for what will soon be two new playsets for about 25 three year olds.

"We're going to move this slide to the back, and we're also going to extend this out to have an additional set of swings," says store manager Cissie Leyva. "They'll be able to work on different motor skills."

Each year the stores participate in a charitable build program called Lowe's Heroes. This year the students in Coffee County's special education pre-K program will benefit from their generosity.

"We're doing everything at our cost, so we have a little leeway there, but you'd be looking at about $5,000," says Bryce Beecher of Lowe's.

"Most of them have either significant mental or physical disabilities, and it's good to have a facility like this not only to encourage activity, but it also helps them with their cognitive skills, it's going to help them with their motor skills," says adaptive physical education teacher Zach Craddock. "Things that we take for granted not only sometimes do they have trouble doing, but they don't have a place where they can perform it safely."

"Anytime you can give back to children it's a good feeling. You want to participate in your community, but children they hold a special place in all of our hearts, so anytime you can do anything to contribute to their success and them bettering themselves you want to do that," Beecher says.

While they help contribute to the success of the students, Lowe's employees are taking pride in the fact that the build is giving them a way to give back to the smallest members of their community.

The crew will continue the build Tuesday and Wednesday. The playsets should be ready for the children when they return in January.

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