By Miriam Raftery
November 20, 2014 (El Cajon)--Once again, six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has proven himself to be a hero for education in his hometown, El Cajon.
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has awarded $556,623 in grants for 2014—including grants to three schools in the Grossmont Union High School District. The local grants include
- Chaparral High School - $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 Capitan High School - $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 - $80,458 to integrate technology and foster collaboration and making connections between the arts and core academic classes.
Other grants went to schools in North Carolina, Okalahoma, and to Loma Portal Elementary School in San Diego.