Hornbeck High School’s Family and Consumer Science (FACS) course has received some renovations from Lowe’s.

FACS is a course, once known as Home Economics, which teaches high school students essential life skills. Lynette Snell teaches FACS at Hornbeck and recently received a helping hand from Lowe’s in Leesville.

The national hardware chain has a community service program called “Lowe’s Heroes”, and Hornbeck High School’s FACS program was selected to receive renovations.

Lowe's Heroes volunteer program began over 10 years ago. It encourages employees in a location to adopt one local volunteer project per year with a nonprofit organization or a K–12 public school in their community.

“Our FACS department was in need of new cabinets. The ones we had were in bad shape, and it made it difficult for our students to work with them,” said Snell.

Last spring, she met with Lowe’s Human Resources Manager, Tracy Silver, and told her about the FACS department’s needs. “We had a career day and Lowe’s Human Resources Manager Tracy Silver was in attendance. While talking with her, she asked me about the FACS program and was amazed it was still taught in schools. I brought up our kitchen cabinets, and she told the Lowe’s Heroes committee. I was so happy when we found out that the committee had chosen us.,” Snell said.

Lowe’s Heroes donated $2,500 worth of materials. Volunteers donated their time to install the new hickory cabinets.The rest of the money for the renovations came from the community through Snell’s fundraising efforts. “This was truly a joint effort between the school and Lowe’s,” said Silver. “ Lynette did an awesome job on fundraising. I believe God brought us together for this project.”

Those who made donations include-- Vernon Parish School Board member, Angie Davis, Jeff Slidmore, Robert Love, Nancy Love, Paul Loupe, and an anonymous donation.

“One of the volunteers came and helped us on the first day of his vacation. That tells me that Lowe’s Heroes really care about our community. The crew worked really hard and I’m thankful for them,”  Snell said.

The volunteers who put in the hard work are-- Susie Johnson, Lydell Temple, Lee Ayer, Percy Witchcrest, Cathy Rannekleiv, Bjorn Rannekleiv, Mike Downing, Scott Hadden, Nate Jackson, Greg Christensen, Regina Green, Heriberto Mercado, Lowe’s Store Manager Bill Rici, and Assistant Store Managers, Caitlyn and Rebecca.

In addition to installing brand new cabinets, Lowe’s Heroes donated two dishwashers to Hornbeck High School. They also re-upholstered 15 sewing stools. “I get emotional when I think about their generosity and hard work. They must really care about the community,” Snell said.

For more information about Lowe’s Heroes, log on to www.lowes.com.