The long-term health of our communities is enhanced through better opportunities for today's youth, which starts by ensuring they have safe and productive places to develop. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been providing hope, opportunity and a safe environment for young people for more than 100 years. We're proud to help further that effort as we head into the second year of our partnership. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation contributed $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs in 2010 to fund repairs and renovations at clubs across the United States. The contribution is helping the Boys & Girls Clubs meet a wide range of organizational and structural needs at clubs from San Francisco to Boston. The projects will be completed during 2011, and Lowe's Heroes will assist with club improvements.
Since partnering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2005, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has donated $5 million in grants to support the restoration of important historic sites. In 2010, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded nearly $500,000 in grants through the National Trust to aid the rehabilitation of 10 historic schools across the country. Ranging from a school in Idaho that was part of a national effort to help Native Americans protect and preserve their unique cultures to the North Carolina school where Dr. Martin Luther King first delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, these historic properties are being restored and will continue to serve as vital community gathering places. Lowe's Foundation also provided grants to help restore an additional eight Rosenwald schools. These schools, built in the rural South and Southwestern United States during the early 20th century, played a major role in the education of African-American students during decades of racial segregation. Through a joint initiative with the National Trust, Lowe's has helped to preserve 41 endangered Rosenwald schools.