2020 Home Depot Retool Your School
Fifty-four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) competed to win $50,000 in campus improvement grants through the annual Home Depot ‘Retool Your School’ competition. We are excited to announce Tougaloo College as the 2020 winner.
The Home Depot strives to give back to our nation’s HBCUs as they have so generously given to their communities a strong foundation, renewed purpose, and distinctive character.
Since 2009, the Retool Your School Program has provided over 2.6 million dollars in campus improvement grants that allow HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses.
In 2019, to celebrate the Retool Your School Program’s 10-year anniversary, Home Depot increased its support to HBCUs by offering ten $50,000 campus improvement grants.
It takes an all-in attitude to revamp an HBCU’s campus. With that spirit, Tougaloo College was able to use the funding from Retool Your School to complete two major housing projects. The first being A.A. Branch Hall renovations. The A.A. Branch Residence Hall is a direct beneficiary of both the floor tile donation and the Home Depot campus improvement grant. This 50-year-old building, the oldest of all four residence halls, received drastic improvements including new flooring, paint, LED ceiling lights, Emergency EXIT signs, toilet seats, bathroom sinks, shower heads and shower accessories.
Additionally, the college was able to renovate and update Renner Hall, House 5, which has a total of ten rooms – six upstairs and four downstairs – with each floor having its own respective community restrooms and showers. This entire house has been offline for nearly eight years. In August 2020, House 5 was completely restored. The restoration and renovations included new flooring, paint, electrical drop-in ceiling tiles, plumbing, sinks, toilets, showers, countertops, and restroom/shower tile.
A special thank you to our Tougaloo family and friends for helping us reach this goal!