Post Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:17 am

Johnson attends Moore school's ribbon cutting for storm-dest

Jimmie Johnson and Lowe's Home Improvement are used to working as partners on and off the track. Johnson drives the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS in the racing sport's top series, and lends his celebrity status to the store's charity efforts. In 2013, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe's joined forces to help three Moore schools whose gym facilities had been destroyed or damaged by the May tornadoes. On Thursday, the three schools - Highland East Junior High, Plaza Towers Elementary, and Briarwood Elementary - celebrated the opening of their new and improved gyms. Johnson attended the ribbon-cutting at Highland East along with 40 Lowe's employees and two basketball teams worth of grateful kids. Johnson's support of Moore began almost immediately after the tornado. Days after the catastrophe, he came to Oklahoma to help with Lowe's relief efforts, distributing food, water, and cleanup supplies to affected families. During his time there, he witnessed first-hand the devastation a tornado leaves behind. Johnson's wife, Chandra, is a Muskogee native and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. The state has a special place in both of their hearts, Johnson said, and he was thrilled to see how things had improved upon his return. Lowe's employees also pitched in to give the school a much-needed facelift. Volunteers from the Moore, south Oklahoma City, and Norman stores pitched in to landscape the school's campus, planting dozens of trees and shrubs. The store also donated two benches with Highland East's mascot, a cougar, carved into them.(The Oklahoman)(10-3-2014)
I will miss you Frehley........