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Harnett Central High School Receives Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant


We are proud to announce that Harnett Central High School has been selected to receive a Champions Grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation!


Harnett Central High School will receive $34,835.38 to provide the technology needed to pull HCHS into the 21st century. Students will be engaged, taking control over their learning, and differentiation.


18 school projects in North Carolina will receive $468,462.47 in Champions Grants. The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools to help them address critical needs and this year will benefit more than 11,000 North Carolina students.


“We are excited for this help bringing more up to date technology into our building!”, said Catherine Jones, principal of Harnett Central High School.  “Our staff and students are eager to learn and use this technology in their teaching and learning!! Harnett County Schools is committed to inspiring learners to be college and career ready. We are grateful to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for this wonderful opportunity. 


“It’s important that we continue to support K-12 public education,” said Jimmie Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “Chani and I both grew up in the public school system and know how important it is to have access to technology, STEM programming, wellness, arts and libraries that have relevant and up to date books. Schools need help more than ever and the JJF has funded some incredibly impactful programs over the years. I can’t wait to see what the schools do with these grants


Since 2009, over $6.8 million has been contributed through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant program to K-12 public schools to fund projects with the potential for high impact and significant positive change.


The Champions Grant will be #FuelingExcitement in 18 classrooms(6 Science classrooms, 6 Math classrooms, 3 Fine Arts classrooms, and 3 English classrooms).


Special thanks to:


Catherine Jones, principal HCHS 

Allison Castle, Director Academic Innovations

Jennifer Byrd, HCS Chief Technology Officer

Michell McNeill, HCS District Media Specialist 

Tammy Poole, HCHS Instructional Technology Facilitator

Nicole Fischer, HCHS Instructional Coach


for their hardwork and dedication. We are excited to see this #STEAM project come to life!


#FullSTEAMAhead #FuelingExcitementInTheClassroom #InspiringLearners