21 February, 2018
Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street Campus has been nominated for the Retool Your School, a grant funding program sponsored by the Home Depot. The grant is open to Historically Black Colleges or Universities. The Valley Street Campus is the only HBCU in the area.
“The Retool Your School grants are provided to schools for preservation and upgrade projects,” said Carl Byers, director of the Valley Street Campus. “It would be a huge honor to win a grant from the Home Depot.”
HBCUs are placed in three clusters based on enrollment. Gadsden State’s Valley Street Campus is in Cluster 1. There will be three winners in each cluster: a $50,000 first-place grant; $40,000 for second place; and $30,000 for third.
“If we receive the minimum award, we plan to renovate campus restrooms,” said Byers.
The Home Depot awards the grants based on votes received online and on social media. Supporters can vote once a day per device at www.retoolyourschool.com. They can also vote for the Valley Street Campus by #Gadsden_RYS18 on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to use the unique hashtag for the vote to count. The user’s social media account must be public in order for the vote to be counted.
Voting opens at midnight Feb. 26 and closes at 11:59 p.m. April 15.
For more information, contact Byers at 256-549-8671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.