In 50 states, Ace paints 50 high schools

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware announced the winners of its Helpful Hands campaign to provide 50 high schools across the United States with $2,000 paint makeovers this week.

The company said one high school from each state was selected to receive the makeover with help from a local Ace retailer. The company issued a customer call for nominations in May, and the paint projects will be taking place throughout the 2010-2011 school year.

Ace Paint, a division of Ace Hardware Corp., will supply the paint for each project, along with product donations from local Ace retailers, the company said.

“We are excited to announce the winning high schools for our Helpful Hands campaign, a program that encourages community support and outreach to our nation’s schools,” said Lou Manfredini, Ace’s home expert.

“Often when the economy is down and budgets are cut, physical improvements to schools are overshadowed. In the face of this, it’s Ace’s goal to reestablish pride in our communities with a fresh coat of paint.”

Ace announced the winners Oct. 5 at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., followed by a paint makeover of the school’s mezzanine art gallery led by Ace Hardware stores in D.C.

Afull list of the winning schools can be found below:

• Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School – Montgomery, Ala. • Bartlett High School – Anchorage, Alaska • Maricopa High School – Maricopa, Ariz. • Concord High School – Concord, Ark. • Inglewood High School – Inglewood, Calif. • George Washington High School – Denver • Emmett O’Brien Technical High School – Ansonia, Conn. • Delcastle Technical High School – Wilmington, Del. • The Broach School – Jacksonville, Fla. • Druid Hills High School – Atlanta • Kalani High School – Honolulu • Scism Alternative High School – Nampa, Idaho • Josephinum Academy – Chicago • Arlington Community High School – Indianapolis • North High School – Des Moines, Iowa • Wichita High School West – Wichita, Kan. • Bullitt Central High School – Shepherdsville, Ky. • Slidell High School – Slidell, La. • Yarmouth High School – Yarmouth, Maine • Baltimore City College High School – Baltimore • Phoenix Charter Academy – Chelsea, Mass. • Carman-Ainsworth High School – Flint, Mich. • Wadena-Deer Creek High School – Wadena, Minn. • Forest Hill High School – Jackson, Miss. • St. Joseph Academy – St. Louis • Billings West High School – Billings, Mont. • Nebraska Christian Schools – Central City, Neb. • Basic High School – Henderson, Nev. • Goffstown High School – Goffstown, N.H. • Atlantic County Institute of Technology – Mays Landing, N.J. • Santa Fe High School – Santa Fe, N.M. • Academy of Mount St. Ursula – Bronx, N.Y. • Rosman High School – Rosman, N.C. • Rugby High School – Rugby, N.D. • Steubenville High School – Steubenville, Ohio • Drumright High School – Drumright, Okla. • Oregon School for the Deaf – Salem, Ore. • Cedar Cliff High School – Camp Hill, Pa. • Warwick Veterans Memorial High School – Warwick, R.I. • Wilson High School – Florence, S.C. • Rutland School – Rutland, S.D. • Westwood High School – Memphis, Tenn. • Westfield High School – Houston • Hurricane High School – Hurricane, Utah • Canaan High School – Canaan, Vt. • Fort Defiance High School – Fort Defiance, Va. • Prairie High School – Vancouver, Wash. • Wayne High School – Wayne, W.Va. • Cambria-Friesland School District – Cambria, Wis. • Jackson Hole High School – Jackson, Wyo.