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Lowe's helps beautify charter school

Lowe's workers helped make Furlow Charter School a little more beautiful Thursday. (Source: WALB) Lowe's workers helped make Furlow Charter School a little more beautiful Thursday. (Source: WALB)
Joey Labuda is the store manager. (Source: WALB) Joey Labuda is the store manager. (Source: WALB)
Tori Butts is a ninth grader. (Source: WALB) Tori Butts is a ninth grader. (Source: WALB)
Lane Davis says he's happy Lowe's chose his school. (Source: WALB) Lane Davis says he's happy Lowe's chose his school. (Source: WALB)
Valerie Duff is the school's principal. (Source: WALB) Valerie Duff is the school's principal. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

It wasn't exactly business as usual for some folks at Lowe's today in Americus. 

"Beautification would probably be the best word for it," said Lowe's Americus store manager Joey Labuda.

Several employees spent the past couple of days painting and spreading mulch at the Furlow Charter School.

It is part of Lowe's heroes community volunteering program.

"Lowe's gives us an "x" amount of money to be able to impact our community," said Labuda. 

The Lowe's In Americus and Columbus get $2,500.

They a pick one place each year where they want to make a difference. 

"We are painting a lot of rails, all the awnings for when kids get off the buses and we are putting mulch out," said Labuda. 

They've even planted peach trees and brought vegetables for the kids to plant in their classes.

Principal Valerie Duff says she's grateful Furlow made the cut.

"It means an awful lot," said Duff. "We, as a charter school don't have lots of extra funding and so things like beautification and helping with our grounds, gardens and playgrounds are things we don't really have extra money to do."

Her students made cookies for the workers yesterday and today they helped out. 

"They are helping make this a nicer place to go to school," said ninth grader Tori Batts.

"Everyone of them that came out said thank you so it's really awesome," said Labuda.

Together they are trying to make their school a little more beautiful, one bag of mulch at a time.

"It's a pretty old school but we are going to make it work and build it up from scratch," said ninth grader Lane Davis.

There have been about 50 people working at the school over the past few days. 

On Friday, they will make the final touches on their projects. 

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