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Ferrum College SIFE Team Awarded Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Grant.


Ferrum College SIFE Team Awarded Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Grant.

The Ferrum team is working to beautify Rocky Mount’s Celeste Park.

Ferrum, Va. (April 17, 2012) – The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) recently awarded one of 50 Community Improvement Challenge grants to the Ferrum College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team.  The grant is the result of a LCEF-SIFE USA partnership that provides SIFE teams across the country the opportunity to raise the quality of life and standard of living for communities in need through the structural improvement of community, education, municipal or residential facilities or operations.

“Our team has been selected to beautify the Celeste Park in Rocky Mount,” said Ferrum College Business Professor and SIFE Team advisor Dr. Demetri Tsanacas, who noted the students who wrote the Lowe’s grant proposal were all freshman.

The first phase of the project – cleaning up – took place on Wed., April 4. "It was like setting the foundation to make a great impact," said SIFE Team member Brian Childress. The second phase is designing and planning before the gardens are planted.

“This project will help the town of Rocky Mount by showing the beauty of the park and attracting others to see how great it will be,” said SIFE President John Puckett.

This year, the Ferrum College SIFE team worked on fifteen different outreach projects, which included financial education, women’s empowerment, community beautification, sustainability, and other programs designed to help area small businesses. The team recently won the SIFE USA Regional Competition for the 23rd year running.

"This experience has shown me that a little hard work can go a long way to making a difference," said Brandon Cobb, another SIFE Team member.

An international non-profit organization founded in 1975, SIFE has 1,600 active teams on college and university campuses in 39 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the more than 57,000 university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in SIFE are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.

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