TMS Media Relations | Feb 07, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 7, 2014) – The 11 local elementary schools and more than 6,500 students participating in Texas Motor Speedway’s “Speeding To Read” program have read more than 700,000 books through Turn 3 of the competition aimed at improving overall reading skills.
The schools, which encompass eight communities and three school districts, combined to read 714,457 books since the competition began in September. Roanoke Elementary, the Turn 2 overall school leader, remained in front through Turn 3 as 96.9 percent of its 760 students have met or exceeded their reading goals at this point of the competition. Sendera Ranch Elementary, of Haslet, is second at 94.5 percent and Rayzor Elementary, of Argyle/Lantana, is third at 88.5 percent.
Clara Love Elementary, of Justin, and Roanoke each had two of the top individual readers while Rayzor and Beck, of Trophy Club, had one each. Rayzor first-grader Ethan Harmon was the top Kindergarten-2nd Grade reader with 3,067 books read while Roanoke first-grader Lillian Smith (1,602 books read) and Clara Love kindergartener Thatcher Hochstetler (1,400) were recognized as division leaders.
In the Grades 3-5 division, Beck fifth-grader Ava Famulara was the top individual leader with 409 chapter books read while Roanoke third-grader Logan Otremba (211) and Clara Love third-grader Isabella Rubio (169) were the division leaders.
The top classrooms both came from Rayzor as Melanie Peterson’s first-grade class led K-2 with 15,392 books read and Stephanie Wilson’s third-grade class with 2,590 chapter books read led 3-5.
The “Speeding To Read” competition will conclude at the end of March and the individual and classroom champions will be recognized during a special awards assembly for the schools at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, April 4, during the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.
“Speeding To Read” will add an artistic element throughout February for all the students who met or exceeded their reading goals through Turn 3. Texas Motor Speedway has partnered with Spin Master’s NASCAR Authentics and its “Design A Die-cast” platform to create a program in which students will design their own paint scheme for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. The winner’s design will be recreated and produced on an actual die-cast and NASCAR show car, and NASCAR Authentics will present the winning student with their die-cast and also unveil the Sprint Cup Series show car with that same design during the champions’ assembly.
About Texas Motor Speedway’s “Speeding To Read”: “Speeding To Read” is an incentive-based, NASCAR-themed reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. The student bodies are split into two divisions – kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade – with individuals, classrooms and schools competing against each other to read the most books and earn the title of “Speeding To Read” champion. At each turn (or quarter), TMS crowns the top individuals and classrooms in K-2 and 3-5 as well as presents a giant, perpetual trophy to the school leading the competition at that point to display at their school until the next turn/quarter. The quarters are based off key dates in the NASCAR schedule and represent the four turns of a race track. Turn 1 is the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup in mid-September; Turn 2 is TMS’ AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race week in November; Turn 3 is the start of the new season with SpeedWeeks and the Daytona 500 in February; and Turn 4 is TMS’ Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race week in April.
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