TV design star presents gifts to Hoover schools

Hoover-area students are gaining another creative outlet, as home design guru Christopher Lowell was on hand Sept. 23 at Spain Park High School to present design materials to all Hoover schools, including Spain Park, Berry Middle School and Greystone Elementary School.

Lowell, the star of “Work that Room with Christopher Lowell,” was at Spain Park on behalf of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft company, which is opening a new store at the Riverchase Promenade in Hoover.

He spoke to the gathered students and teachers about the importance of being creative.

“Use your own homes as an incubator for creativity,” he said. “Nothing is more incredible than getting yourself involved in a creative process. Figure out who you are.”

Lowell said he is involved with Jo-Ann stores as a way to speak to communities and schools across America.

“Anytime we can fuel that creativity, that passion, we’re happy to do that,” he said.

Assistant Superintendent of Hoover schools Carol Barber said Hoover city teachers love to see community involvement with their schools.

“When a community organization takes the time to recognize educators, you have no idea how special that is,” Barber said.

Lowell presented the schools with sewing machines, fabric and other design materials.