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 Four Local Schools Win Jimmie Johnson Foundation Grants

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra, announced that four San Diego County schools are among the recipients of the 2014 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. The grants are awarded to K-12 public and charter schools in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson’s respective hometowns of Muskogee, Oklahoma, El Cajon, California, and where they currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The San Diego County schools grantees were: 

Chaparral High School​ (Grossmont Unified School District)
$29,482 to create a computer lab that will augment the program at Chaparral through the use of online learning and digital arts instruction.

El Capital High School (Grossmont Unified School District)
$23,000 to purchase new laptops for teachers so they can be better equipped to use digital/paperless resources and to teach students how to use the online resources and apps available to them.

Grossmont High School (Grossmont Unified School District)
$80,458 to integrate technology and foster collaboration and making connections between the arts and core academic classes.

Loma Portal Elementary School (San Diego Unified School District)
$54,105 to create a computer science lab that will teach students, grades K-4, technology skills such as keyboarding, animation, coding, internet safety and anti-cyberbullying.​

“We are now in our sixth year of supporting public education,​ yet the enormous need continues to amaze us,” said Chandra Johnson. “All of the applications were impressive. It is exciting to read through them and learn about the new and innovative opportunities educators want to provide to their students. We are honored to be able to fund so many deserving projects this year.”​

Nationally this year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grant awards included $257,870 toward science and technology needs, $168,316 for health and fitness activities, $80,458 toward arts programs and $49,979 toward literacy initiatives.


The funded projects for 2014 range from constructing an outdoor classroom and kitchen to creating a district-wide e-library to creating a visual arts program. Several schools across the county also received technology grants to purchase new computers.

Nearly $3.7 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $6.7 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.