Belk and the Belk Bowl believe that education is the cornerstone of success. The 2015 Innovation Lab Contest is an example of the many ways Belk and the Belk Bowl invests in education.
The 2015 Belk Bowl Innovation Lab Contest offered local schools in Mecklenburg and Union counties the opportunity to remodel and upgrade the technology in their current media center to create a more welcoming, innovative learning space. The renovations included an open, flexible floor plan that can be arranged to create private work stations or large group gatherings, easy to move desks, chairs, tables and more. Cornelius Elementary School, the 2015 Belk Bowl Innovation Lab winner, won a $100,000 media center remodel that was completed prior to the start of the 2016 school year.
Schools competing in the Belk Bowl Innovation Lab Contest submitted a video in the fall of 2015, highlighting why their school needed the renovation. Cornelius Elementary School won the $100,000 grand prize, and Shiloh Elementary and Marshville Elementary were runners up and each received a $25,000 technology grant.