Texas Motor Speedway will soon crown champions for the "Speeding To Read" program at Clara Love Elementary School in Justin as the 2011-2012 school year comes to a close.
Clara Love Elementary's 630 K-5 student body have been racing to the finish line with nearly 57,000 books read school wide. Students will reach the final turn of the "Clara Love 500" in April and each student in the leading classrooms at Turn 4 will receive four tickets to the Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on April 14.
Students have been given a goal of one million words to be read by the end of the school year. If the students reach their goal, Principal Julie Nerby will reward the students by letting them duct tape her to a wall.
“The energy behind our Million Word Challenge this year has been fantastic," Nerby said. "We ramped things up at Turn 3 and turned two of our teachers into human ice cream sundaes. Eighty-two percent of our kids are on track to meet the goal. I have no doubt that I will be getting duct-taped to the wall with 100 percent of our kids reading one million words this year!”
"Speeding To Read" is an incentive-based reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage students to read more frequently during the school year. The student body is split into two divisions - kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade - with the classrooms competing against each other to read the most books and earn the title of "Speeding To Read" champions.
To keep abreast of the competition - which is known as the "Clara Love 500" - Texas Motor Speedway produced an 8x24-foot animated mural of the world-class motorsports facility for Clara Love's library. Each class received a cut-out template of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car and designed their own paint scheme as part of the program. The cars move incrementally around the track in relation to the amount of books read by each classroom.