“Race to Read”®, is a six-week reading program, designed to encourage literacy by providing an exciting race-themed incentive for elementary-age students. The program can also be customized by schools to fit most any special education requirement for K-6 students.
“Race to Read”® typically starts the last week in March, runs for six weeks, and concludes two weeks prior to the speedway’s season-opening event, the NAPA Auto Parts “Night of Fire & Thunder”. Prizes are awarded when students complete Take Home Reading sheets provided by the program. Complimentary tickets for the reader and one accompanying adult to the event are offered as prize incentives during the reading program.
“Race to Read”® has its roots at Jefferson County’s Rooney Ranch Elementary School in Lakewood, Colorado, where it helped kick-off the school’s inaugural year in 1995/1996. The response by the school community was tremendous and prompted many contacts from other schools interested in establishing the program for their students. In 1997, the program was expanded to eight schools with the same positive response. The 2012 program with 63 participating schools included over 30,000 students.
Because this program strives to be self-supportive through the Bandimere Family Foundation, your donation is extremely helpful in providing important funds as this program continues to reach more students.