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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty.

Telstar Elementary School in N.E. part of the metro is in desperate need of revitalization.

'Lowe's Heroes' spent several hours painting, landscaping and renovating an unsafe and dilapidated playground.

"It's important that the kids have a safe place to play. Kids do activities that keep them inside - TV, electronics. During the day, they get activity. We need safe equipment, a walking track," said principal Vanessa VanTrease.

98 percent of the families at Telstar live well below the poverty level.

That, coupled with district budget cuts, make improvements like this impossible.

"We struggle with funding with shortfalls coming up," VanTrease said. "This is pretty great that they step up to the plate and bridge that gap on funding."

Lowe's is contributing 40 employees, two full days and $25,000 in materials into the neighborhood school.

"It just makes us feel wonderful. It's nice to give back to the community," said manager Ray Cooper. "We talk about it at Lowe's about, our purpose. Our purpose is to help our customers love where they live, and this is a big part of that."

A gift that will pay dividends - in healthier, happier children.