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 NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson Gives Back

​El Cajon native and NASCAR racing champ Jimmie Johnson has awarded nearly $500,000 to 11 local schools, on the heels of his fourth consecutive driving championship.

“This is what the foundation is all about, being able to give back to communities in need. We are grateful for the partnership with Lowe’s and their guidance as our foundation begins its work in education,” said Johnson, 34, who attended Greenfield Middle School in the Cajon Valley Union School District and Granite Hills High School in the Grossmont Union High School District.

Johnson and his wife Chandra announced the grant awards in a ceremony at Crest School in El Cajon, where he attended elementary school. “I look forward to visiting some of the schools next year to see the completed projects,” he said.

The local grant recipients were:

Chase Avenue Elementary, Cajon Valley Union School District- $19,500, to purchase a bilingual translation system to enable communication in multiple languages;

Crawford High School, San Diego Unified School District- $32,495, to explore the use of alternative fuels with National Automotive Technical Education program;

Crest Elementary, Cajon Valley- $45,900, to create hands on activities in Science, Technology, Health/Fitness and the arts, including after school programs;

Emerald Middle School, Cajon Valley- $100,000, to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Lab;

Granite Hills High School, Grossmont Union High School District- $31,155, to assist with stadium renovations;

Greenfield Middle School, Cajon Valley- $31,572, to provide safe lunch area equipment for students;

Johnson Elementary, Cajon Valley- $20,714, to create a health and wellness program to learn about healthy eating and exercise;

Magnolia Elementary, Cajon Valley- $28,000 to purchase student responders for interactive teaching;

Multimedia & Visual Arts School, San Diego Unified- $87,000 to create a high tech art fabrication lab that will allow students to design high-tech community-based projects;

Point Loma High School, San Diego Unified- $90,000 to construct a weight room and exercise facility;

Rios Elementary, Cajon Valley- $13,600 to purchase an online accelerated reading program.

The Lowe´s Charitable and Education Foundation supports Johnson’s foundation and its commitment to education. Larry Stone, Chairman of the Lowe’s foundation, said, “We are proud to support the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in its efforts to fulfill basic school needs in the Johnsons’ hometowns. Jimmie and Chandra Johnson have always shared Lowe’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work, so it was a natural fit to partner with them on this outstanding educational program.”