SELBYVILLE — Much-needed new playground equipment is earmarked for Phillip Showell Elementary School — one of 100 Hometowns impact projects selected nationwide in Lowe’s centennial birthday celebration.
Selected as one of the 100 Hometowns project, Phillip C. Showell Elementary will receive $100,000 for new equipment for its playground. The school, located in Selbyville, was nominated by a member of its Parent Teacher Organization.
“We are extremely thankful to be the recipient of a Lowe’s 100 Hometowns grant,” Phillip Showell Elementary Principal Christy Kerr said. “This funding will allow us to create an updated, safe and fun play space for the students at Phillip Showell as well as our local community. We are excited to work with Lowe’s on this amazing project.”
The nomination for Phillip Showell was submitted by PTO member Blair Catlin Brown, parent of a rising third grade student.
It sought assistance to renovate “a local school’s dilapidated playground for student and community use in a town that does not have another town park or playground. In addition to a space for children to gather and play, the area could be used as a gathering place for community events.”
“The majority of our current playground equipment is old (one piece of equipment stopped being produced in 1978) and does not meet current safety or accessibility guidelines,” said Ms. Kerr. “We have been recently blessed with the addition of three new pieces of playground equipment, purchased by our district, to immediately replace some items that were quickly removed due to extreme safety concerns. The equipment that we will be purchasing and installing will change the layout of the playground, making it safer for all students and community members that utilize the space.”
Ms. Kerr has been working closely with a playground company to get new equipment for both areas of the playground.
“We will be looking to purchase new climbing structures to replace our old truck tires, monkey bars to build upper body strength, a rock wall, and new swing sets that include accessible swings for students/individuals with disabilities,” said Ms. Kerr.
The timeline for the grant is for all work to be done and grant requirements fulfilled by Oct. 31.
We have a tight turnaround,” said Ms. Kerr. “However, this also means that our students and the Selbyville community will have a new playground early in the 2021-2022 school year.”
Lowe’s received more than 2,200 submissions to the 100 Hometowns program, which solicited nominations from across the country for hometown projects in need. Phillip C. Showell was the only Hometown project selected in Delaware.
Lowe’s 100 Hometowns program will complete 100 projects across 37 states that rebuild areas reeling from natural disasters, repair critical housing, restore beloved community centers and revive green spaces.
The 100 Hometowns projects span urban, rural and suburban communities and will benefit an array of community members, from toddlers, teens and seniors to veterans, small business owners, students and more.
Nominations were accepted from March 9 through April 19. Projects selected were announced in June. All projects are expected to be completed by 2021.
Details of every 100 Hometowns project and their progress can be found at the 100 Hometowns landing page at https://corporate.lowes.com/newsroom/100-hometowns and at #100Hometowns on social media.