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April 14 Deadline to Vote For Cheyney University in The Home Depot Re-Tool Your School Contest

April 4, 2014

Home Depot workers and Cheyney University volunteers implement a project supported by Home Depot's Retool Your School program.

Home Depot workers and Cheyney University volunteers implement a project supported by Home Depot's Retool Your School program.

Cheyney University and its supporters have been successful in the past in garnering support for campus improvements through The Home Depot's Retool Your School Contest.  Once again, this year, Cheyney is one of 66 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) eligible to compete in the Campus Improvement Grant Program. CU supporters have until midnight April 14, 2014 to cast their votes daily for the nation's first institution of higher learning for African Americans.  Depending on how many votes CU gets, the school could receive:

  • Tier 1 - $50,000: to upgrade its Historic Quadrangle with energy efficient LED lighting and a better WIFI signal.
  • Tier 2 - $10,000: to equip older residence halls and academic buildings with energy efficient exterior LED lighting.
  • Campus Pride - $25,000: to replace/upgrade the visitors’ bleachers in the football stadium to improve their durability.

Since 2012, CU has won a $10,000 award each year from The Home Depot contest--first, for landscaping enhancements around the newly restored Melrose House.  Last year, the grant money went to buy benches that will be installed on the University's Historic Quadrangle this spring.

Voting began February 17 for the 2014 contest.  CU supporters can vote via computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad, and tablet. If you own all of those technological devices, you can vote on each one every day through April 14 by logging on to www.retoolyourschool.com.

In addition, CU supporters can post their votes on Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, Google and Pinterest to generate more followers taking part.  They can also try to out-tweet competing universities by using Cheyney's hashtag #cheyneyTHDRYS.

The Home Depot has sponsored the contest every year since 2010.  According to Melissa Brown, The Home Depot's manager of multicultural marketing, the contest is a rewarding program that connects communities and takes school spirit to a whole new level.