He's Our Driver: Jimmie Johnson Gives Big to Schools

By Eric S. Page
|  Thursday, Dec 16, 2010  |  Updated 9:05 PM PDT
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He's Our Driver: Jimmie Johnson Gives Big to Schools

Five-time NASCAR champ and El Cajon native gives back in a big way.
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Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson announced education grants worth nearly $700,000 to 13 schools in three states -- including many in San Diego County -- as part of his charitable foundation.

Two other schools in North Carolina, three in Oklahoma and 10 in California will get money. Johnson is an El Cajon native who lives in the Charlotte, N.C., area. His wife is from Oklahoma.

The local schools that shared in the bounty are:

  • Chase Avenue School, in El Cajon
  • Emerald STEM Magnet Middle School, in El Cajon
  • Grossmont High School, in El Cajon
  • Fulton K-8 School, in San Diego
  • Marston Middle School, in San Diego
  • Mission Bay High School, in San Diego
  • San Diego Unified School District

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has partnered with Lowe's, his primary sponsor, to fund school projects over the past two years. The money will go to programs ranging from science and technology needs to arts, literacy initiatives, athletic facilities and school improvements.

According to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation website, the organization has given away more than $1.5 million to 35 schools in two years

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