Over 3,000 Students Begin Reading Program
Three Northwest ISD elementary schools will participate in the 2014-2015 Texas Motor Speedway Speeding to Read program, reaching more than 3,000 students. Defending champion Roanoke, J.C. Thompson and Sonny and Allegra Nance elementary schools will compete with two schools in Fort Worth and one each in Denton and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD in this year's reading incentive program.
Students participated in a kickoff September 10 where they were joined by NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, who spoke about the importance of reading, his racing career and took questions from students on stage. Kenseth also talked about his new children's book Race Against Bullying that he and his wife Katie produced in partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Kenseth announced that the foundation was donating $1,000 and a case of 80 children's books, including 10 copies of his new book, to each of the seven schools competing in Speeding to Read. Students were also treated to a simulated 10-lap, stock-car race by the Team Texas Driving Experience that featured school administrators riding shotgun.
The Speeding to Read program began four years ago as an incentive to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently throughout the school year. This year's contest will have two divisions, each based off of size and student body demographics, to determine a champion for kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade. Since the program began with a one-school pilot program in 2011-2012, Speeding to Read has reached more than 8,600 students that have combined to read more than 1.3 million books heading into this year.