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Monday, December 21, 2020, 8:52 AM

Muskogee Public Schools students will be able to build their home libraries soon as district librarians were announced as one of the recipients of the 2020 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grants.

The “Racing to Build Home Libraries” grant totaling $54,455.47 will allow district librarians to provide children with books to build their home libraries through book giveaways.

“I’m incredibly grateful to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for supporting literacy,” said librarian Gina Batie of Cherokee Elementary. “MPS Librarians have a motto: ‘If you can’t bring the children to books, bring the books to the children.’”

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation selected five projects to receive funding totaling $219,830.41 in eligible districts in California, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Since 2009, more than $6.1 million has been awarded in support of 139 projects. In that time, Muskogee Public Schools have received over $1.3 million in Champions Grants from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around Chandra and Jimmie’s hometowns in California and Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in North Carolina. Schools in eligible districts can apply for funds to help address their most critical needs in the following categories: Arts, Health & Wellness, Language and Literacy, School Improvements, and Science and Technology.

For more information regarding the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and to see a detailed list of the 2020 Champions Grant projects, please visit