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Home Depot Retool. Photography by Christopher Aluka Berry for Ben Rose Photography.

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, hosted its 2017 Retool Your School Winners’ Ceremony in Atlanta this week to announce the nine HBCUs winning a total of $360K. Special guests included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Actor and Author Hill Harper and Retool Your School judge and HBCU alumnus Laz Alonso.

The top schools winning the 50K grand prize included Alabama State University, Kentucky State University and Wilberforce University.

RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL, now in its eighth year, was designed to specifically reinvigorate Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). These schools were judged on their need and ability to utilize the requested funds to renovate their campuses. To date, the program has awarded $1.8 million dollars in grant money to HBCUs. RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL winning projects will begin in the summer of 2017

Other judges included: Gregory Moore, Esq., Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); Mr. Michael Tabb, managing partner, Red Rock Global; Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, president and CEO of the Quality Education for Minorities Network; and Mr. Jermaine Luke, store manager, The Home Depot. Check out the photos on the flip.



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