Tools for Schools: Lowell Elementary takes home the monthly prize

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Typically, a teacher wins $1,000 for the ‘Cedar Valley Tools for Schools’ award. But this time, Lowell Elementary took home the monthly prize.

In February, the roof collapsed at Lowell Elementary due to snow. Luckily, no one was hurt. However, the building won’t reopen until next school year.

The community rallied behind Lowell, as 400 students and staff moved from their Waterloo building to the old AEA conference center in Cedar Falls.

One class lost everything in the collapse. Faculty said they’ve gotten new supplies from donations.

The school is using the phrase: ‘Lowell Strong.’

“This would be just another way to give back to our teachers, and maybe they can get some things, and maybe it will be things that they didn’t have before,” Principal Carrie Heinzerling said. “Maybe, it will be things that they weren’t able to bring from the other building, but just a way to enhance the learning in the classroom, and just to help make this feel more like home.”

The ‘Cedar Valley Tools for Schools’ program is a partnership between KWWL, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Kimball and Beecher.

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia Schmitt

Morning Reporter at KWWL
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