Tool time

Lowes donates Kobalt tools to Heritage class

Pictured accepting the gift at Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse in Alcoa are, from left, Jimmy Boles, sales manager, Cheryl Chamberlain, customer service associate, Patricia Mandigo, former Heritage High School principal, Gary Farmer, Building Trades instructor, Gary Bohanon, commercial sales specialist and John Flynn, commercial sales specialist.

Pictured accepting the gift at Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse in Alcoa are, from left, Jimmy Boles, sales manager, Cheryl Chamberlain, customer service associate, Patricia Mandigo, former Heritage High School principal, Gary Farmer, Building Trades instructor, Gary Bohanon, commercial sales specialist and John Flynn, commercial sales specialist.

Heritage High School students in the Building Trades classes got a special treat at the end of the last school year when Lowes and Kobalt Tools donated about $600 worth of tools to the school. The effort is part of a nationwide program with $300,000 in tools being donated to more than 5,000 building trades classes and renovation programs across the country for use in classrooms. Building Trades teacher Gary Farmer was selected to receive the tool kit for his class at Heritage High. “This is a wonderful example of how industry works to partner with education, for the betterment of the technical program and to help ensure the success of my students,” he said. “SkillsUSA has had a huge part in the transformation of my students because it provides skills and leadership training that they don’t get anywhere else. Lowes support just reinforces what we are teaching in the classroom and shows the value of education-industry partnerships.”

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